Re: Fewer vs. Less

Subject: Re: Fewer vs. Less
From: Jacque Baclace <jacque -at- BACLACE -dot- XO -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 09:28:11 -0700

Someone asked how "Bugs in Writing" handles the distinction between
fewer and less. Here it is. "Fewer denotes a reduction in the number of
a given collection of individual items; less denotes a reduction in the
amount of a given stuff."

One of the examples:
GOOD: Cosmo ate less ice cream than Reno did; Cosmo had fewer stomach
aches that week too.

Principle for Lucid Writing: Making fewer errors will allow you to feel
less foolish.

Jacque Baclace
jacque -at- baclace -dot- xo -dot- com

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