Welcome back, everyone! Time to do some more contrasts! For those of you who didn’t tune into my IELTS writing a few weeks ago, I’m going over it again in general English form.
Less and fewer are comparatives. They are the opposite of more. Use fewer with count nouns and less with non count nouns.
Least and fewest are superlatives. They are the opposite of most.
To emphasize a comparison or contrast, you can use the words with far, a lot, or much.
Less + noncount noun
Fewer + count noun
The fewest + count noun
The least + noncount noun
There is less production in Japan than in Germany.
There are fewer electric cars than gasoline-powered cars.
I wonder which company has the fewest electric cars in production.
Hybrid cars use the least gasoline.
A lot/much/far + fewer + count noun
A lot/much/far + less + noncount nouns