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- Is it one less or one fewer?
- Is it less hours or fewer hours?
- Why is 10 items or less wrong?
- What do you mean by fewer?
Is it one less or one fewer?
A. If the countable noun is plural, choose fewer; if it’s singular, choose less. … When it says to reserve less for mass nouns, it means singular mass nouns.) One is always singular: there is one less food group in the new pyramid; there is one less number in this column.
Is it less hours or fewer hours?
“Fewer hours”. “Hours” is countable, so you must use “fewer”. “Less” is used only for the uncountable.
Why is 10 items or less wrong?
“10 items or less” is not correct! If you walk into any grocery store in the United States, and you will see a sign that says “10 items or less” for the fast checkout lanes. This is wrong – it should be “10 items or fewer” because “items” is a countable noun.
What do you mean by fewer?
fewer(adj) (comparative of `few’ used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of. “fewer birds came this year”; “the birds are fewer this year”; “fewer trains were late”