Saturday, September 12, 2009

Word Usage - (John Potter Strikes Again)

Here are a couple helpful hints:

among/between: Among is used for three or more entities: Many local runners are among those training for this weekend's race. Between is used when two entities are involved: There is an intense rivalry between the two schools.

fewer/less: Fewer refers to people or objects that can be counted; less refers to general amounts: Fewer technicians means less work will be done today.

its/it's: Its is the possessive form: The board forwarded its recommendations. It's is a contraction of it is: It's time for a party.

9 comments:

Amy Tate said...

Thank you for this post! I've printed it and taped it next to the computer.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Fewer and less always makes me nuts!

Susan warmchocmilk said...

Great! I lobe getting these sorts of tips grammer (and punctuation) are things I struggle with. I know fewer is correct at times, but it still sounds goofy to me.

Stephanie Faris said...

So many people mess up the it's/its thing. It's become one of my pet peeves!

MG Higgins said...

Good tips! And I'm with Stephanie--I also have an its/it's pet peeve.

Anita said...

I hear mistakes with the fewer/less thing all the time. And is it just me, or as you age, do you find yourself having to look up grammar rules that used to come automatically?

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

oh lord i am in trouble - kim is there any way i can talk you out of the word verification - my fingers are falling off

lakeviewer said...

You'd think word processors would have caught such errors by now.

Kim Kasch said...

Speaking from the crib: Your wish is my command ;-)