ChanteSez … Sometimes less is more

Sometimes less is more. I’ll have to keep that in mind when I’m crafting my Christmas shopping list this year! It’s easy to get carried away when I think about how much I love my family and friends. Getting them gifts is a way to acknowledge how much they mean to me, right? Well, I may just have to show them more in terms of my time and love instead!

On to today’s tip.

Use “fewer” when referencing things — as in individual items — you can actually count. Think about things you can pick up and hold in your hand. If you can “view” it, use “few” (as in “fewer”).

  • The house needs tidying. She needs fewer knickknacks.
  • He should smoke fewer cigarettes.

Use “less” when referencing uncountable amounts, intangibles, or items that can’t be individually counted.

  • In less than three weeks, he’d made significant progress.
  • You’ll need less tape to wrap the gift properly.
  • I’ll have one less habit going into 2013. (I suppose you could count a person’s habits, but generally that’s an uncountable thing.)

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