Leora (leora) wrote in lj_userdoc,
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Minor Grammatical Change

The account creation page: http://www.livejournal.com/create.bml

Says: Less people understand the philosophy now

Can someone please change that to Fewer people ...


Less is used with stuff; stuff can't be quantified. Like, I like this person less than that person. Because liking isn't generally quantifiable. It's not discrete.

Fewer is used with things; nice solid objects. Why does mom give me fewer pieces of candy? She must like me less than you.

Since people are generally things, not stuff, I think we have fewer. Unless someone has been chopping them up, and we have some fractional people, and it's all gotten very messy.
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