Less vs Fewer- English Grammar - Teaching Tips


Here we look at the difference between "less" and "fewer". This set of words is often used incorrectly and we decided to take a closer look at the difference to help you avoid mistakes. The key difference is that the word "less" is used to refer to uncountable things while "fewer" is used to refer to countable things. Keeping this in mind will help you figure out which word to use in all situations. Remember the '10 items or less' line at the supermarket" Well, it's actually a mistake. If you are purchasing several items then these items are countable, which means the checkout should be called the ?10 items or fewer" line. Other examples of the difference between the two words are "I have been to fewer countries than you" (countable),"I have less money than you" (uncountable).

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

I thought this unit was, to put it simply, brilliant. This unit really got into the kind of thing I will actually be doing and has given me a clear cut vision of the kind of teaching I will be doing and has really mentally prepared me for the coming times of teaching a class. especially the task sheets (which I will be repeating on my own time).In this unit i have learnt that to express an outcome it may be necessary to qualify it with a condition that needs to be met. Many students are often confused in reported speach by the 1st and 2nd conditions and also with 3rd and mixed conditions. Students may also have trouble with the number of changes with verb tense, patterns, pronouns etc.