More grammar please, not less!

More grammar please, not less!

It’s my biggest bugbear – the constant mix-up of ‘less’ and ‘fewer’.

The two are NOT interchangeable!

It’s very easy. If you can count things individually, then it’s ‘fewer’.

If you can’t, it’s ‘less’.

So you’d say ‘less water’, ‘less flour’, ‘less liquid’ because these things aren’t quantifiable individually.

But you’d say ‘fewer dogs’, ‘fewer coins’ and ‘fewer peanuts’.

Please don’t forget it – it drives me mad!

 

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