Fewer or Less?

How do these similar words work differently?

It won't take much time for us to teach you the difference, and you will make fewer mistakes.


Worry less = Worry less time.

Seconds, minutes, and hours are countable, but "time" is not countable.


Less means "not as much."

Both "much" and "less" are used with an uncountable item.


If you can't count the item, use less.

Example: We had less water to drink after our guests left.


(Alternative: There was not as much water to drink after our guests left.)

Fewer means "not as many."

Both "many" and "fewer" are used with countable items.


If you can count the item, use fewer.

Example: There were fewer bottles of water after we gave one to every guest.


(Alternative: There were not as many bottles of water after we gave one to every guest,)


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