less war

Sun   Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:02 pm GMT

Can you say "less war", as for example in "If there is less war, there will be less poverty" Or should you say "If there are fewer wars ..."?
Guest   Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:35 pm GMT
I would say: "If there were less wars, there would be less poverty".
Sun   Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:09 pm GMT
You're right, the second cond. is better - but what I wanted to know is if "less war" can be used. I saw it somewhere (on a sticker) and want to know if it is correct English.
Guest   Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:17 pm GMT
"Less war" is correct.
JW   Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:54 pm GMT
"Less war" is proper English and sounds perfectly fine. The proposed alternative, "less wars," sounds godawful. It may perhaps be grammatically correct, but I wound never say or write it. I would say something like this:
"If there were fewer wars, there...."

I hope this was helpful.
Jim   Tue Nov 07, 2006 7:11 am GMT
"Less war" is okay. I'd rather "fewer wars". "Less wars" is grammatically incorrect ... at least according to prescriptivist view ... and yes, it does sound godawful to me too.
Susi   Thu Nov 09, 2006 4:33 pm GMT
I think that 'Less war' means that we shouldn't fight or kill. I myself do not eat meat as I love animals.
Guest   Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:45 pm GMT
animals KILL other animals, too for their food. I do not get your logic, Susi
Sun   Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:46 pm GMT
Thanks, your answers helped a lot!