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Subject:Re: 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