In a sentence using fewer as a comparison between the present time and other occurrences, I might want to adjust the comparison. Are there any rules about how to modify fewer? Does it vary if the number is now larger ("less few") or smaller ("more few")?

There are

  • any fewer
  • much fewer
  • little fewer
  • a lot of fewer

people in the street than usual.

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One commonly used qualifier is even fewer to describe a further decrease since the previous comparison. I am not aware of a common phrase to describe a movement in the opposite direction.

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