Business Writing

More about uncountable and countable nouns

Last time we looked at using ‘much’ with uncountable nouns and ‘many’ with countable nouns.

[col 10 first] There are some more words which can be used only with one of the types of nouns. Here’s a table to help you, with some examples.

[table format=“1″]

little, less, least no yes little energy
few, fewer yes no few people
much no yes much money
many, several yes no several surprises

In spoken English you may hear people use “less” with countable nouns, and you’ll probably see it in the supermarket checkout queue (5 items or less). This is not standard English and you should definitely avoid it in business writing.
[/col] [col 2 last][/col]