Less & fewer!

Let’s look in this week’s mailbag.

Dear Scribe:

I hope to make less (fewer?) writing errors. Can you explain when to use “less” and when to use “fewer”?

[signed] Less is More

Dear Less:

Use “less” for mass nouns and amounts; in other words, things that are not countable, like water, power, influence, and popularity.  For example:  “The public has less interest in buying compact discs than was true 20 years ago.”

Use “fewer” when referring to countable things, like people, points, apples, and days.  For example:  “Alex Rodriguez has hit fewer home runs since he stopped taking PEDs.”

That is all for now …

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