I love your blog. I spotted this headline and thought it would make a good lesson on less vs. fewer.
Thanks, Beth! I love it when people send in grammar bloopers, so keep 'em coming.
Where does ThirdAge.com go wrong? Its headline uses less instead of fewer to modify a countable noun.
- Use fewer for countable nouns. There are fewer opportunities for overtime, since bus drivers are making fewer stops on their routes. We can count opportunities and stops.
- Use less for uncountable nouns. There is less stress for the teacher when her students eat less sugar. Stress and sugar can be measured, but not counted.
- FAO, UN Agency Says Fewer People Are Hungry