Fewer VS Less - Then VS Than
Introduction - Fewer VS Less
Fewer refers to countable plural nouns (e.g. apples, students etc.) and means ‘not as many’.
Fewer hours are required to complete this project.
Fewer than 10 students chose Asian studies as their major this year.
Less refers to uncountable nouns (e.g. water, noise etc.) and means ‘not as much’.
I’d like to learn how to spend less time procrastinating.
Bob has just started working there, so he obviously gets paid less.
Less can also be used with numbers or expressions of measurement.
If you weigh less than 45 kilos, you are underweight.
The cafe is less than 1 kilometer from here. We can simply walk there.
Introduction - Then VS Than
Then is an adverb that can indicate a particular time in the past or future, what happens
next, or the result of a situation.
Max worked as a teacher back then.
Whisk eggs and sugar and then add flour.
If we don’t call a cab, then we’ll miss our flight.
Than is a conjunction and it is used to compare one thing with another. It can be part of an
expression (e.g. rather ... than, no sooner ... than etc.).
Molly is taller than Ashley.
It’s still better than being unemployed.
I’d rather hang out with them than stay alone at my place.
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