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Difference between Fewer, Less and Lest

Fewer refers to a number of individual persons or things.

  • Fewer than 50 applicants responded to the recent job vacancy.

Less refers to a quantity of something that cannot be counted as individual items.

  • Because of drought, the fields are producing less corn this year.
  • Note: If the number is only one, use less.
  • One less person attended the meeting.

Lest means for fear that.

  • Lest we forget, let’s recognize Tom for his hard work right now.