When I want to refer to something (which has the least amount of something), is it correct to say "with less"? For example:

The house with less windows in the town.


It sounds as if you mean "The house with fewest windows in the town".

There are two issues:

  1. There is a rule against using "less" for countable objects like windows: you're supposed to use "fewer". This is a totally arbitrary and unnecessary rule, that was only invented a couple of centuries ago, and is often disregarded; but some people will judge you unmercifully for not following it.

  2. You are talking about the single most extreme example, rather than just making a comparison, so you need the superlative ("least", or "fewest") rather than the comparative ("less" or "fewer").

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No, less is a comparative.

You would need to say the house with least windows in the town.

However, as window happens to be a countable noun, (and not a mass-noun), it would be slightly better to say the house with fewest windows in the town.

But you could say the beach with the least sand in the south of England is at Brighton.

If you were just comparing two things, it would be the house with fewer windows, and the beach with less sand.

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