Monthly Archives: February 2015

More or Less, More or Fewer, Fewer or Less …

The distinction between less and fewer often causes confusion. The rule that’s most often given in style guides is to use ‘less’ for quantity and ‘fewer’ for number. Easier said than done! In ‘Troublesome Words’, Bill Bryson gives a different rule, and one that I think is easier to apply: use ‘less’ with singular nouns and ‘fewer’ with […]

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Sentencing

One of my writerly pastimes involves pulling apart interesting sentences. I like to think about the meaning of sentences, and the choices that writers make.   Here’s a sentence from a box of Kellogg’s breakfast cereal:   ‘The GI or Glycemic Index is a classification based on how quickly or slowly a carbohydrate is absorbed as […]

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