Reblog from The Daily Post

Daryl L. Houston discusses current and traditional usage of “Fewer and Less“… which side are you on?  

Lesser and Fewer:   I’m always pretty meticulous about my use of “fewer” and “less” but was surprised today to read that usage guru Bryan Garner is almost permissive (and at least understanding) of the tendency to mix them up, saying that calling the common mixup an error is a bit strong. He goes on to explain that grocery stores have been largely responsible for widespread substitution of “less” for “fewer.” This will come as no surprise to any usage-minded folk who avoid the express lane at their store if only to avoid … Read on

 
Daryl also recommends a must read book by usage guru, Bryan A. Garner, A Dictionary of Modern American Usage. 

 

 

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