Fewer vs. Less

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 12:46 am

Fewer refers to things that are countable. Examples: We had fewer people at the fundraiser than we had hoped. Fewer tornadoes occurred this year than last year. Generally, less refers to things that are not countable. Examples: Sue has less concern for her dog's safety now that the backyard fence is completed. Less talking would …

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When to Add s to a Verb

Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at 8:44 pm

Please note: This original post from April 2007 has been updated and replaced by a new version of When to Add s to a Verb on May 16, 2017.  If you feel confident about forming plurals in English by adding an s or es at the end of the word, I’m about to make you …

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Writing Numbers

Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at 4:33 am

Deciding whether to write numbers as numerals or as number words is a matter of style. The style for a literary publication may differ from the style for a journalistic publication. The key in all cases is to use a consistent style throughout your writing. Many publishers of literary works, such as literary journals and …

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Good vs. Well

Posted on Friday, April 6, 2007, at 11:07 pm

Good is an adjective while well is an adverb answering the question how. Sometimes well also functions as an adjective pertaining to health. Examples: You did a good job. Good describes job, which is a noun, so good is an adjective. You did the job well. Well is an adverb describing how the job was …

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Adjectives and Adverbs: Forms for Comparison

Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2007, at 3:45 am

A common error in using adjectives and adverbs arises from using the wrong form for comparison. Incorrect: She is the poorest of the two women. Correct: She is poor. (positive form) She is the poorer of the two women. (comparative form) She is the poorest of them all. (superlative form) Many one- and two-syllable adjectives …

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