Re[2]: Why not indicate?

Subject: Re[2]: Why not indicate?
From: Bonni_Graham_at_Enfin-SD -at- PROTEON -dot- COM
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 1994 10:45:00 EST

"It has less syllables and fits the particular situation."

Not to pick on John (sorry, John :( ), but HERE's one that gets me. FEWER
syllables, not less. Less applies to abstract or non-countable collections --
less loyalty, less water, etc. Fewer should be used if it's a physical thing
you can count: fewer syllables, fewer water molecules, etc.

Sorry, this one's a grammatical hot button for me. No offense meant, John -- I
correct this one in people's speech too (yes I know it's rude, but it's nearly
an autonomic reaction for me -- controlled by my brainstem, not conscious
thought <wry grin>).

Bonni Graham |
Technical Writer | Most software is run by
Easel Corporation, ENFIN Technology Lab | confused users acting on
Bonni_Graham_at_Enfin-SD -at- relay -dot- proteon -dot- com | incorrect and incomplete
President, San Diego STC | information, doing things
| the designer never expected.
NOTE: apparently my email address needs |
to be typed exactly as it appears here, | --Paul Heckel, quoted
punctuation and all, or the system gets | by William Horton
upset. |

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