Sunday, May 12, 2013

The difference between "fewer" and "less"

Do you know when to use one versus the other?  Below is a quiz on the difference between "fewer" and "less" courtesy of Lynn Gaertner-Johnston's Business Writing blog.   After you take the quiz, click here for the answers along with some helpful pointers on keeping the two straight.

  1. He would like to be able to express himself using fewer/less words.
  2. Would you like to receive fewer/less email?
  3. This checkout lane is for people who have fewer/less than 15 items.
  4. Fewer/Less than 30 percent of participants could identify passive verbs.
  5. Next time please give me fewer/less strawberries.
  6. Can someone who is fewer/less than 44 inches tall ride this attraction?
  7. She had fewer/less commuting problems when she lived in Seattle.
  8. I leave for San Jose in fewer/less than two weeks.
  9. He had fewer/less than $40 in his wallet when he arrived in New York.
  10. I have fewer/less miles on my rewards program than I thought I had.

(jbl).

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