Let’s look in this week’s mailbag.
I hope to make less (fewer?) writing errors. Can you explain when to use “less” and when to use “fewer”?
[signed] Less is More
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 …