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Use 'Less' and 'Fewer' Correctly

In this worksheet, students practise using 'less' and 'fewer' in the correct contexts.

'Use 'Less' and 'Fewer' Correctly' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

People often use the words less and fewer interchangeably, but they are not quite the same. Using the correct vocabulary makes your writing more sophisticated.

 

Do you know which of the following sentences is correct?

 

There were fewer people there than I expected.

There were less people there than I expected.

 

The first sentence is the correct one. People is a plural noun so we need to use the word fewer. Another way of looking at it is to decide whether the noun can be counted or not. People can be counted, so the correct word is fewer.

 

If something can't be counted or has no plural, then we use the word less.

 

You should eat less salt. (We talk about salt as one thing rather than counting the grains.)

My sister has less free time now she is studying. ('Free time' has no plural.)

 

In this worksheet you can practise choosing whether to use fewer or less in different sentences.

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Jake has __________ pocket money than Andrew.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The doctor told my dad that he should smoke __________ cigarettes.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

There were __________ people at football training tonight because of the bad weather.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

I am trying to eat __________ chocolate now so that I can lose some weight.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Jodie ate __________ pieces of cake than Tommy.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

There are __________ bees in our gardens than there used to be.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

I am going to put __________ sugar in my tea from now on.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Police figures show that __________ people are drinking and driving than 30 years ago.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

We should make __________ car journeys if we want to cut our carbon footprint.

fewer

less

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Our apple tree has __________ apples on it than last year.

fewer

less

  • Question 1

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Jake has __________ pocket money than Andrew.

CORRECT ANSWER
less
EDDIE SAYS
'Pocket money' has no plural so the correct word is 'less'.
  • Question 2

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The doctor told my dad that he should smoke __________ cigarettes.

CORRECT ANSWER
fewer
EDDIE SAYS
'Cigarettes' is a plural noun so we need to use the word 'fewer'.
  • Question 3

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

There were __________ people at football training tonight because of the bad weather.

CORRECT ANSWER
fewer
EDDIE SAYS
'People' is a plural noun so we need to use 'fewer'.
  • Question 4

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

I am trying to eat __________ chocolate now so that I can lose some weight.

CORRECT ANSWER
less
EDDIE SAYS
When we talk about chocolate in general terms it cannot be counted. If we talked about bars of chocolate then it would be 'fewer bars of chocolate' because bars can be counted.
  • Question 5

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Jodie ate __________ pieces of cake than Tommy.

CORRECT ANSWER
fewer
EDDIE SAYS
The pieces of cake can be counted.
  • Question 6

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

There are __________ bees in our gardens than there used to be.

CORRECT ANSWER
fewer
EDDIE SAYS
'Bees' is a plural noun and bees can be counted.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

I am going to put __________ sugar in my tea from now on.

CORRECT ANSWER
less
EDDIE SAYS
'Sugar' is not a countable noun. We think of it as one thing even though it is made up of separate grains.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Police figures show that __________ people are drinking and driving than 30 years ago.

CORRECT ANSWER
fewer
EDDIE SAYS
'People' is a plural noun and people can be counted.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

We should make __________ car journeys if we want to cut our carbon footprint.

CORRECT ANSWER
fewer
EDDIE SAYS
'Journeys' is a plural noun. We can count journeys.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Our apple tree has __________ apples on it than last year.

CORRECT ANSWER
fewer
EDDIE SAYS
'Apples' is a plural noun and apples can be counted.
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