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This has been bugging us since the advertising campaign began a while ago. TBS, the cable channel, is perpetuating awful grammar with their slogan:

“more movie … less commercials.”

We caught this grammar gaffe during tonight’s showing of the wonderful movie The School of Rock.

We love the movie, however, it was an insult to our senses having this slogan displayed on the screen throughout. We went for the DVD.

Therefore, we are going to shamelessly steal from our earlier post: Less is not always more … and may continue to do so until correctness catches on.

OK, everybody repeat after us …

I will use “less” for amounts that cannot be counted as discrete items, such as water, sunshine, and money.

I will use “fewer” for numbers of items that can be counted as discrete items, such as drops of water, rays of sunshine, dollar bills, and … of course, commercials!

Get it? Got it. Good!

See our other previous post on this topic: Limit less …

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When will folks ever learn the “less-on”?? The “less vs. fewer” debate rages on. Case in point:

Citi less is more

Citi is running a promo. It starts out fine, but quickly grates on grammarians with the phrase …

“Less trees being cut down …”

OK, everybody repeat after us …

I will use “less” for amounts that cannot be counted as discrete items, such as water, sunshine, and money.

I will use “fewer” for numbers of items that can be counted as discrete items, such as drops of water, rays of sunshine, dollar bills, and … of course, trees!

Get it? Got it. Good!

See also our previous post: Limit less …

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A few days ago, we picked up on a thread that was going around, and we made an original contribution to an existing list.

See our previous post: Logic and the English language, part 2.

Yesterday, we got an email from a friend that took this concept even further, and now it has us on a roll …

Here is more evidence that English may not be the easiest language to learn:

  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • The farm was used to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could  lead if he would get the lead out.
  • The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  • Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  • A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  • When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  • I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  • To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow. (Later, the farmer also taught the sow to sew.)
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

And a few additions of our own:

  • The violinist, a master with the bow, took a bow to the audience.
  • You wouldn’t want to be late for your morning latte.
  • Many decorate with holly in the holy season.
  • The judge dared to convict the convict once again.
  • The lather worked up quite a lather while cleaning the woodworking equipment.
  • Does it take a college course to learn to make a collage?
  • The august scholar was introduced in August.
  • A rebel with a cause has reason to rebel.
  • Do they eat lima beans in Lima, Peru?
  • There is a very nice city called Nice, in France.

And, several entries from our friends at fun-with-words.com:

  • Please excuse me while I think of an excuse.
  • The button was so minute that it was a minute before I found it.
  • It’s the referee’s job to record the new world record.
  • When people abuse drugs this is called drug abuse.
  • To contest the issue they held a contest.
  • John became a convert after deciding to convert to another religion.
  • If I need a duplicate I can use the copy machine to duplicate the letter.
  • The guard will permit you to pass if you show a valid permit.
  • Please put my typewriter to use because I never use it.
  • They alternate between using the alternate machine and the main one.
  • My grandfather is aged ninety-two so he is quite aged.
  • I crooked my neck to see the man with the crooked stick.
  • Extreme weather may desolate a place making it a desolate place.
  • Everything I know I learned from that learned old man.
  • The overture took years to perfect, but eventually it was perfect.
  • I want you to separate the cards into two separate piles.
  • I tried to console the controller as he stood at his console.
  • John was content that the content of the box was undamaged.
  • The drawer drew a picture of the cupboard and drawer.
  • The lavishly decorated entrance will entrance the visitors.
  • It will incense the bursar that we have spent so much on incense.
  • As my mother moped about, a man on a moped rode by.
  • I broke a number of bones in my right hand; it’s number than the left.
  • As the charity event proceeds, the proceeds keep pouring in.
  • The President will recount the events that led to a vote recount.
  • I resent the fact that the letter was lost, but I have resent it.

Now, you’ve had a loose lesson on Heteronyms. wasn’t that fun?

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“I get an unusual amount of people offering me MLM, etc.” Should be: number

Since individual persons (people) can be counted, use the word “number” to refer to quantity. Now, we could turn this sentence around to properly use the word “amount” … “I get an unusual amount of MLM offered to me by people …”

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