# Are percentages less than or fewer than?

## Are percentages less than or fewer than?

Percentages. Percentages are single quantities. They are not countable, so that means using ‘less than’. However when they refer to something countable, then you should use ‘fewer than’.

## How do you use less percentage?

How to calculate percent off?

1. Divide the number by 100 (move the decimal place two places to the left).
2. Multiply this new number by the percentage you want to take off.
3. Subtract the number from step 2 from the original number. This is your percent off number.

Is it less than or fewer than?

Summary: 1. “Less than” is used for quantities which cannot be counted, for example, “The employment rate in 2009 was less than it was in 2010.” Whereas “fewer than” is used for quantities which can be counted. For example, “Her shopping basket has fewer items than her friend’s shopping basket.”

### When should you use less or fewer?

It goes like this: fewer is used to refer to number among things that are counted, as in “fewer choices” and “fewer problems”; less is used to refer to quantity or amount among things that are measured, as in “less time” and “less effort.”

### Do you say one less or one fewer?

It’s about plurals versus singulars. If you want to follow the strictest guidelines on “less” and “fewer” (which, by the way, I do), here’s the correct way to understand them: “Less” is for singular things. “Fewer” is for plural things. About 99% of the time, this language makes no difference.

What is the meaning of one fewer?

Use “fewer” when referring to nouns that you can count, including “member.” (My team has one member, two members, three members …) That means either “one member fewer” or “one fewer member” is correct. However, it’s important to note that in casual, everyday English, many people will use “less” in this case.

#### When should I use less or fewer?

‘Fewer’ and ‘Less’ It goes like this: fewer is used to refer to number among things that are counted, as in “fewer choices” and “fewer problems”; less is used to refer to quantity or amount among things that are measured, as in “less time” and “less effort.”