Amount v Quantity Lesser v Fewer
May we talk, you and I, for just a moment ? Shouldn’t there be a RULE or something, that differentiates what word we use when speaking of quantities of anything ?
I have less patience today than I did yesterday. A not easily measured amount of patience had I anyway, but I know I have less of it today than yesterday. I do not have fewer patience , just less of it. I also possess fewer dollars today than yesterday . Yes, that means I have less money but not less dollars. I can count my money in terms of dollars, [ or pesos, or yuan or whatever] and set a number on it. So I can have less money, but not less dollars. I can have fewer dollars and less sense and do ! ; but then I digress .
Could we not agree to use fewer’ lesses ‘in our life and a few more ‘fewers ‘please? So, to agree, “if we can put a number on it, or them, let us use fewer, and if the quantity is more general , as in space, let us use less, okay ?
Thanks for the help, if I had fewer responses I could have gotten by with less of it . Good day !