Samantha pointed out that this eHow headline confuses less and fewer.
Where does eHow go wrong? Since dollars can be counted, the modifier should be fewer.
- Use fewer when referring to items that can be counted individually, such dollars or pennies.
- Use less when you are quantifying something that can't be counted as individual units, such as sugar, flour, water or money.
- How to Buy More Groceries with Fewer Dollars
- How to Buy More Groceries with Less Money
What about less than vs. fewer than?
- The same countability rules usually apply. Fewer than 30 people came to the party. That diet soda has fewer than 25 calories per serving.
- There are some key exceptions. Less than is used with countable nouns when pertaining to:
- distance: The store is less than two miles from here.
- time: I'll be home in less than three hours.
- money: That fishing hat costs less than $25.