But then, when answering questions yesterday on the thorny issue of education, he started saying things like, "We'll have less students in less schools..."
Your Honor, may I suggest that you meant to use the word, "fewer" instead of less? As in "fewer students" and "fewer schools."
I know I'm being picky; after all, the guv was speaking off-the-cuff. But I hear this misuse all the time and it sets my persnickety teeth on edge. If you happen to care about these sorts of things, here's a quick rule of thumb to follow when deciding between less or few:
- Use "fewer" when you are writing/talking about things you can count.
- Use "less" for those things you can't count.
She says it in fewer words than I ever could, which means you'll spend less time mastering this fine point of grammar.