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.)