I have trouble distinguishing if a noun like distraction or chance is plural or singular.

Is it grammatically correct to say

"It's more beneficial to drive alone because it's more relaxing and there is less chance of getting in an accident because there is less distraction in the car."

Or should it be "there are less chance of..." "there are less distraction..."

Or should it be "there is a less chance of..." "there is a less distraction"

And are there any awkward or non native wordings in this sentence?

  • Nouns chance and distraction can be used as countable and uncountable nouns. When used as an uncountable noun, you say there is less chance/distraction. When used as a countable plural noun, you usually say there are fewer chances/distractions. Somc people use less for countable plural nouns, but mostly people use fewer. So we shouldn't use less instead of fewer. – Khan Feb 16 '16 at 4:01

There is nothing awkward about your sentence, just keep the same pluralisations

is -> chance, distraction
are -> chances, distractions

"there is less chance of..." "there is less distraction..."
"there is less chance of..." "there are fewer distractions..."
"there is less of a chance of..." "there are fewer distractions..."

"there are less chances of..." "there are fewer distractions..."

You can use it to ask the question (singular)

Are there less chances of an accident if I use the highway? (plural)

or you can ask the questions (plural)

Is there less chance of an accident if I use the highway? (singular)
Will there be less distraction? (singular)

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  • Does it matter if I use either plural or singular when I'm asking a question? Like should I've said "...when I'm asking questions?" Instead of "...when I'm asking a question?" In the sentence before? @Peter – Maimai123 Feb 16 '16 at 1:26
  • @Maimai No, using single question or plural questions only matters if you are asking one or more than one question, it does not effect pluralisation of chance or distraction. Have updated my answer. – Peter Feb 16 '16 at 1:44

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