Quick answer
"Less" is an adverb which is often translated as "menos", and "few" is a pronoun which is often translated as "pocos". Learn more about the difference between "less" and "few" below.
less(
lehs
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (to indicate a smaller amount)
a. menos
Your neighbor's dog has less hair than yours.El perro de tu vecino tiene menos pelo que el tuyo.
2. (to a lesser degree)
a. menos
Don't think less of me for acting that way.No pienses menos de mi por actuar de esa manera.
3. (mathematics)
a. menos
Ten less seven is three.Diez menos siete son tres.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
4. (fewer)
a. menos
I have less than thirty dollars.Tengo menos de treinta dólares.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
5. (to indicate a subtraction)
a. menos
The total comes to $200, less the discount.El total sale en $200, menos el descuento.
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few(
fyu
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (not many)
a. pocos
Very few of her friends attended her bridal shower.Muy pocas de sus amigas asistieron a su despedida de novia.
Very few were brave enough to touch the lion.Muy pocos fueron lo suficientemente valientes como para tocar el león.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (some)
a. unos cuantos
If you are looking for a pen, there are a few in my desk.Si andas buscando un bolígrafo, hay unos cuantos en mi escritorio.
b. algunos
The clown frightened a few of the children.El payaso asustó a algunos de los niños.
3. (small amount of the population)
a. los pocos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My dad always complains about how 99% of the world's money goes to the rich few.Mi papá siempre se queja de que 99% de la plata del mundo va a los pocos ricos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (not many)
a. pocos
There are few cars on the road today.Hay pocos carros en la carretera hoy.
5. (some)
a. algunos
I have a few friends that went to Harvard.Tengo algunos amigos que fueron a Harvard.
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