Grammar Lesson Monday: Fewer and Less

Welcome to Grammar Lesson Monday!
This continuous series will address many common grammar mistakes made in the media and that I've seen more than once.  I strive to make the world a better place with good grammar.

Today, we will learn when to use "fewer" and "less."

"Fewer" refers to a specific amount or number.
There has been fewer chilly days this winter.
He holds fewer candies than me.

"Less" is for a general amount of things (mass nouns).
It is less likely that she'll show up. <- in this case, the chances of her showing up is the general amount.
I like you a lot less than before. <- in this case, the general liking of the person is the general amount.

That's it for today.  Celebrate good grammar!

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