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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Grammar Glitches Become My Bitches

Posted on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Before you say, "Who cares?" let me say, "I know no one cares." (about the English language except a few of us) but couldn't people, especially those who are spokespeople or journalists, just clean up on a couple of things to start with: Do "amount of people" and "less people" really have to sneak in to common usage? The countable/non-countable rule is so simple and lovely. If you can count the word, use "number of people" and "fewer people." And HRM, how much did you pay the person to create the slogan "Drive Wiser" now advertising our hickishness all across the McDonald bridge? "Wiser" is the comparative form of the adjective "wise" and is used to describe a noun. "Drive" is not a noun; it is a verb so, as the grammatically correct "Drive More Wisely" slogan doesn't pack that much punch, the person being paid to create something catchy should have been sent back to the drawing board. —"Beautiful English" Pedant

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