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Fewer or less?

By Debra Dobbins

It’s probably OK for Dolly to use “less” in an informal conversation with a buddy, but somewhere along the line a writing teacher will help her understand the distinction between “fewer” and “less.”

The rule is to use “fewer” when referring to individual items or people and “less” when referring to bulk or amounts.

Examples:

She modified the cookie recipe by using fewer chocolate chips and less butter.
Fewer than six people remained in the room.
The first concert drew less of a crowd than the second one.

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