Not to be confused with ewe.
So I told them about this thread and said 'the amount of people who have contributed' and there was this kind of pause and my brother said 'or the number of ...' and grinned at me.
I told him to stick it and try 13 months of sleep deprivation!
But I never get 'fewer' and 'less than' wrong ...
what she means is that if you are talking to one person you call them 'you'. if you are talking to 20 people you would also call them 'you'.
hey tom, are you coming to dinner tonight?
hey guys, are you coming to dinner tonight?
some languages have a word for you in the plural but english doesn't.
babel- how dare you!
TBH, amount/number and fewer/less are words I need to keep an eye on. I'm pretty sure I usually get them right, but I'm going to have to be more vigilant. That's how I get particularly pedantic about any one thing; if I suspect I've been getting it wrong I make a point of perfecting it.
I went for a walk this morning, and noticed the following handwritten sign at the entrance to my local park:
"Local's meet here for friendly soccer game...".
Somebody had crossed out the apostrophe, and written in pencil next to it "no apostrophe required".
I thought of this thread. Are you grammar fascists out with your pencils?
PS. Am I allowed to use "fascist" in this context? I think the word we cannot say despite its general acceptance in popular culture works better, but thought this might work. What about "grammar pedant"?
Ooh, ooh, I've thought of another one that makes me cringe... "Keep it for prosperity". It's "posterity", gah!
MsMummy, my views on censoring people's right to use a word according to its dictionary definition have been put forward, and my view on the subject probably puts me in the category of "people not to ask". That said, I think "fascism" is a general enough term that you should be safe in using it. That is to say, it doesn't apply to one set of people in history, rather to an ideology.
Trusty Oxford describes fascism as:
"an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
- (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practices."
It's safe to say most of us in this thread have intolerant views or practices in relation to grammar, spelling or punctuation (but then again I thought that the definition of "a person who seeks to impose their views on others in a very autocratic or inflexible way" was also a good description).
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