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Countable vs. Uncountable Nouns

I know I’ve nagged you several times about fewer vs. less and number vs. amount. You use fewer and number when you can count the items and less and amount when you can’t:

We’re having fewer people for Thanksgiving this year than we did last year. That means we will need less cranberry sauce.

The number of people coming from out of town is small. The amount of luggage they will bring will still be considerable.

The same distinction exists for many vs. much:

We won’t need as much silverware, especially not as many forks.

Got it? I knew you would. Now the trick is to remember.

Wishing you all a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving.

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