The Free Dictionary  
mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest Forum Search | Active Topics | Members

"More" and "Less" to emphasize a quantifier Options
You know who I am
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 7:22:04 PM

Rank: Member

Joined: 1/13/2017
Posts: 584
Neurons: 4,620
Location: Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
Hello guys, how are you doing?

I have studied quantifiers recently and came across this:

Quote:
We can emphasize quantity with more and less after quantifiers:
1 We can use more + plural nouns after:
some/any, a couple, hundreds, a few, hardly any, a lot, lots, many, no, plenty, several:
There are a lot more students studying English this year.

2 We can use more + uncountable nouns after:
some/any, a bit, a good deal, hardly any, a little, a lot, lots, much, no, plenty:
There's a little more soup if you'd like it.

3 We can use less + uncountable nouns after:
any, a bit, a good deal, a little, a lot, lots, much:
I'd like a little less soup, please.


Longman English Grammar BOOK - 5.2C

However, the page doesn't tell us whether or not we can say something like: There were some fewer people.

Since "More" is the comparative of "Much" and "Many", it can stand for both plural countable and singular uncountable nouns.

"Less" is the form of "Little", which is used for uncountable nouns, how about "Fewer" which is the form of "(A) few" used for countable nouns?

I am the way, and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me. - John 14:6
NKM
Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017 10:04:00 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 2/14/2015
Posts: 3,550
Neurons: 141,996
Location: Corinth, New York, United States
"Some fewer" doesn't feel right, though we might say "somewhat fewer" or even "a lot fewer."

You know who I am
Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:22:16 PM

Rank: Member

Joined: 1/13/2017
Posts: 584
Neurons: 4,620
Location: Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil
NKM wrote:
"Some fewer" doesn't feel right, though we might say "somewhat fewer" or even "a lot fewer."



Thank you, NKM.

I am the way, and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me. - John 14:6
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Main Forum RSS : RSS
Forum Terms and Guidelines. Copyright © 2008-2017 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.