Learning English grammar the easy way – less and fewer

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This blog post is part of a series of posts that aim to correct common English grammar mistakes.

Do you know how to use “Fewer” and “Less” correctly? It’s easy, “Fewer” is used when you can count items individually, “Less” is a general amount or something you can’t count, like water or sand. For example –

“There are less children in class today” = incorrect

“There are fewer children in class today” = correct

“There are fewer waters in my glass” = incorrect

“There is less water in my glass” = correct

Connor FitzPatrick is the newest addition to the English Language Centre Brighton and has worked within English language schools since graduating from university. One of his many jobs is ensuring all grammar and language is correct and accurate across ELC’s websites and all its social streams.

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