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Little / Less

Rule

Little refers to non-countable nouns, and is used with the singular form. Less is the comparative form of little. Use less in comparative structures, especially before uncountable nouns. For example:

  1. I have less homework to do today than I had yesterday.
  2. I have little homework to do before I leave.

Examples for little / less

  1. It rained less last month than it has so far this month.
  2. She has little time to spare.
  3. I need to eat less butter
  4. He has little interest in what others have to say.
  5. It takes less time to weed the garden than it used to.
  6. I have little information to share on the matter.
  7. Mary sings less than she did in high school.
  8. The teacher has very little patience with those who don’t study.

Little / less exercises

Decide whether you have to use little or less:

  1. I have _______ interest in classical music.
  2. I have _______ faith in him.
  3. We need _______ furniture in this dance hall than in the big one.
  4. You have to drink _______ coffee.
  5. He has _______ money than I thought.
  6. Tonight I drank _______ wine than last night.
  7. She dedicates _______ time to her homework than to her hobbies.
  8. This will take _______ time to finish than the last time we tried.

Answers:

  1. little
  2. little
  3. less
  4. less
  5. less
  6. less
  7. less
  8. less

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