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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2:23:48 AM

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1 Put fewer apples!
2 Put fewer the apples!
3 Put fewer of the apples!

Is two wrong and three correct?
sureshot
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:40:43 AM
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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
1 Put fewer apples!
2 Put fewer the apples!
3 Put fewer of the apples!

Is two wrong and three correct?

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Sentence 2 is incorrect. Sentence 3 is grammatically correct. It gives the sense that the speaker has more than one fruit in the basket/container and he prefers fewer apples than those already put. He probably wants more of the other fruit(s) in his basket/container! In case no other types of fruit are applicable, both sentence 1 and 3 convey a similar sense.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 5:49:53 AM

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'To put' needs more.

Put them somewhere.

So, let's say there is a box.
Put fewer apples in there. (than in the other box)

'fewer' replaces any article.
apples
more apples
fewer apples

Indefinite article - plural, no article
put apples in the box.
Not oranges.


definite
put the apples in the box
(the apples that are on the table)


comparative number of an item
put fewer apples in the box (than you have put in there - take some out)
put more apples in the box (there are not enough in there yet)


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