A great question was posed this week in our Facebook group:
When do we use less and fewer?
We use less with uncountable (mass) and singular nouns.
- There is less water in the second glass.
- I have less access to the office than I used to have.
- Jane eats less bread than John.
- Jane writes less poetry when her mind is on other things.
We use fewer with countable (count) and plural nouns.
- There are fewer glasses of beer on that table.
- Jane eats fewer slices of bread than John.
- Fewer people live in Storm Town after the hurricane.
Less and fewer with time, money, distance and weight
Time, money, distance and weight very often conjugate in the singular.
- $10,000 is a lot of money.
- 10 years is a long time.
- 1000 Kilograms is a heavy weight.
Therefore, using the rule above, we use less with time, money, distance and weight.
- $10,000 is less than $20,000.
- 10 years is less than 20 years.
- The car weighs less than 1000 kilograms.