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!