Less, Fewer, Lie, Lay, Kind, Kinds

Less and fewer

Less refers to a quantity that cannot be counted. Fewer refers to a number that can be counted.

Lie and lay

The verbs lie and lay are often confused.

To lie means to rest. Examples are:

To lie also means to not tell the truth. Examples are:

To lay means to put something down. Examples are:

More examples are given below.

Kind and kinds

The word kind is singular. It should be used with this or that to modify a singular noun. The word kinds is plural. It should be used with these or those to modify plural nouns.

Note that the same rule applies to other words – sort, type and class.