Back on December 31, 2008 I reviewed Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips by Mignon Fogarty.
There are a few tips on using the words “less” and “fewer” I found very helpful. Here’s an example:
“Less and fewer are easy to mix up. They mean the same thing- the opposite of more- but you use them differently: you use less with mass nouns and fewer with count nouns.A count noun is something you can count. On my desk, I see books and M&M’s. I can count those things, so they are count nouns and the right word to use is fewer.I should eat fewer M&M’s.Mass nouns are things you can’t count individually. Again, on my desk I see tape and clutter. These things can’t be counted, so the right word to use is less.
If I had less clutter, my desk would be cleaner.”
Then two days latter, there were exceptions to using “less” and “fewer”. There were also some facts about grammar and famous people who made grammar what it is today. These facts didn’t help me with grammar but they were interest.
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