Fewer. Fewer. Fewer. Fewer. If it can be counted, the word is 'fewer', not 'less'.
Well, duhhhh. Isn't this what Microsoft does for a living? Haven't they been doing this since the beginning? What's the story here?
You didn't return a paper for the misuse of less/fewer?
More idiocy from Minnesota. The wrestler governor, the comedian senator, now this. Geez! There seems to be no hope for these people.
Thanks for not taking offense.
the word you were needing to use is 'fewer'.
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".., the fewer programmers you have who are
The general rule is, if you can count it/them, the correct word is 'fewer', not 'less'.
Sorry. It's just a fetish and pet peeve with me.
Interesting. Good to know we have so many climate experts here in Slashdot. Not that it means anything. WAKE UP people!
"IF APPLICABLE" is the gotcha there.
Your anecdote gives a good idea of what it's like to quit 'cold turkey'. I congratulate you that you had the fortitude to accomplish that. Many smokers have tried multiple times to quit 'cold turkey' as well as programs involving both physical and emotional aids, with little or no success. The federal and state governments see this as a source of revenue, and refuse to recognize their failure to help a large part of their citizenry. Words are cheap, and actions speak much more loudly. Shame on them!
It amazes me that nobody has mentioned how editing impacts this topic. A nicely hand written document may be impressive, but how many of us can actually finish a lengthy document in cursive without wishing we had said something a little differently? A hand-written letter to a friend is infinitely more personal than one from a printer, but here again we may have mis-spelled words and/or grammatical constructs that we may wish we had caught before laying our pen to the paper. The point I'm making is that even for those times when, for whatever reason, we want to produce a hand-written document, it would behoove us to use a word processor or text editor initially for the sake of checking our spelling and editing for proper grammar and context. Print it out or read it directly from the screen, transcribing in long hand to the paper.
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