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Grandson: Less or Fewer

First, a quick note. He is now in pre-K. On Halloween his school had a parade so parents could see all the costumes, He wasn’t very happy about it, but walked around the blacktop twice. He did smile when he saw his mom and me.

Later, he asked me to tighten his seat belt fewer. I said, “Less.” He said, “I know the rule. Fewer for things you can count, less for things you can’t count.”

I responded with examples: fewer dolls, less water.

He thought for a moment, then said, “You could count water if you froze it and broke it into pieces.”

I was deeply impressed. I doubt that answer would have come to me at age 4.


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