Utterly Meaningless » Blog Archive » OT: LESS IS FEWER

    Filed at 5:47 pm under by dcobranchi

    Home education is briefly mentioned in this piece, but I want to highlight an unrelated sentence:

    With the addition of all-day Kindergarten, and a major “roundup” event to bring Kindergarten numbers up as much as possible, Larson said there is one conclusion to draw: there are simply less young children growing up in Harbor Springs.

    I know there are some professional writers who occasionally drop by. Stylistically, shouldn’t it have been “fewer”? I seem to recall that fewer is for count, and less is for non-count. But I also have been long out-of-school. Right now, I barely count myself as literate.

    2 Responses to “OT: LESS IS FEWER”

    Comment by
    October 21st, 2005
    at 8:52 pm

    You’re right, it should have been “fewer.”

    Comment by
    October 22nd, 2005
    at 12:38 am

    “Right now, I barely count myself as literate.”

    Lol..Could this account for the recent poor literacy ratings?

    I agree: the sentence screams out for “fewer”. Would love to know if Daryl’s reasoning is right.

    (From a pathologically bad and unreasoned, but nonetheless instinctively obsessive grammarian. Sorry, no professional writer here).