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BBC英语一分钟: Less和Fewer之间的区别

Less vs Fewer_ What's the difference

Less和Fewer之间的区别

Hi, I'm Sam from BBC Learning English and today we're going to look at the difference between less and fewer when comparing things.

大家好,我是BBC英语学习的萨姆.今天我们来学习两个表示比较的词语之间的区别:Less和Fewer

It's actually very simple. We use fewer with countable nouns and less with uncountable nouns. But even native speakers get this wrong, so let's have a look at some examples.

其实很简单。fewer后面跟可数名词,less后面跟不可数名词。但是即使是以英语为母语的人也会混淆,所以我们来看几个例句。

I moved recently, and comparing my old area to my new neighbourhood, I can say:

我最近搬家了,要把新家地址和老家地址作比较时可以说:

There are fewer restaurants and fewer cafes and there is less traffic and less pollution.

这里餐馆和咖啡馆都没老家那边多,交通也更顺畅,污染也更少。

Cafes and restaurants are countable nouns. You can count them on your fingers and you can make them plural, so we use fewer.

咖啡馆和餐馆是可数名词。我们可以掰着手指头数出来,可以用复数形式,所以此处用fewer.

Pollution and traffic are uncountable nouns. You can't count them on your fingers and you can't make them plural, so we use less.

污染和交通是不可数名词,无法数出来也没有复数形式,所以要用less.

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