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Less And Fewer


When to use "Less" and when to use "Fewer"

Received: 14Mar2012

If you can count it, use "fewer"; if you cannot count it, use "less".

Example:

He is less of a pain in the butt than he once was and,
contrary to prevaling rumor,
he has no fewer cheeks than I do."

'pain' is non-numerical but 'cheeks' typically come in pairs.