nerd alert

I’m not usually a grammar nerd, and despite this being a lame post, I feel like spreading some grammar love.

Topic: Fewer vs. Less / Number vs. Amount
As inspired by this Brooklyn Heights Blog post (link).

Here’s a short excerpt from Grammar Girl:

Less and fewer are easy to mix up. They mean the same thing — the opposite of more — but you use them in different circumstances (1). The basic rule is that you use less with mass nouns and fewer with count nouns.

The same basic rule is used for number and amount — you use number with count nouns and amount with mass nouns.

“Fewer turds, less shit”
“You can count the number of turds, but you can’t count the amount of shit you have.”
(Sorry for the vulgarity, I just thought it was a funny comment someone had written!)


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