Another Less-Few Comic

Remember the rule: use fewer when you’re counting, and less when you’re measuring. You count how many kids you have, right? Should be fewer

Of course, some things can go either way, such as time. You can count hours, for example (Since I retired, I work far fewer hours than I used to.), but you can also measure the time using units such as hours (I spent less time at work today than I usually do.).

So pay attention to what you’re writing!

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Two Wrong, One Right

Okay, forget about the comic itself (I don’t get it, and besides, this is a grammar blog, not a comic blog).

First mistake; third panel: If you’re talking about distance, use “farther,” not “further.” “Further” is for abstract things that can’t be described by distance.

Second mistake; last panel: He’s talking about the manner in which something is being done, so he needs an adverb, not an adjective. He should say “quickly.”

Third item, not a mistake, but most people get it wrong: His “I” is correct. “I” is the subject of the implied sentence “I can look it up.” People get this wrong so often that you would be ahead to supply the missing verb: “…as quickly as I can.”

Grocer’s Error

I’ve heard of two grammar errors frequently attributed to grocers. One is putting unnecessary quotes around words in signs. The other is incorrect apostrophes to make plurals.

I don’t think the skunk is a grocer, but that’s the error. Maybe the cartoonist wanted to make the skunk seem lower class, no offense to grocers. Next-to-last panel:

The rule: You don’t need an apostrophe for plurals!

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Three Things

First, something unusual. We have a person in a thought bubble talking to the person who has the thought bubble. First time I’ve seen that.

Next, we have a writing lesson. It’s about being concise.

  • “Unique” means “one of a kind.” That’s an absolute; you can’t be very one of a kind. You either are or you aren’t.
  • “Individual” is also one of a kind, so “unique individual” is redundant. You don’t need both words.
  • Solution: be concise. Say something like “Delray is unusual.” “Unique” all by itself would work, too.

Finally, the getting-along-with-others lesson. Both Marcy and I have a rule: Don’t correct someone’s English unless they ask. Especially if the person is your boss.

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Sounds Wrong, Doesn’t It?

First speech bubble. It’s correct!

That “whom” sounds wrong because we’re used to hearing the subject of the sentence first. That ‘whom’ is really the object of “of.” You can also say that the “whom” is introducing the noun clause that’s the direct object of “know”!

To fix the word order a bit, you’d have:

Do you know of whom she reminds me?

Of course now you have a rather awkward question. I fear that “who” will become the only form to appear at the beginning of a sentence regardless of the word’s function in the sentence.

PS—If it were me, I’d write. “Hey! She reminds me of someone I knew.”

PPS—Since I ran into it today, here’s a strip that gets it wrong twice. Second panel:

PPPS—And here’s one where he gets it right. First panel.

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A Grim Solecism

A solecism is a mistake in grammar. Usually I say “goof,” but lightheartedness doesn’t seem appropriate for this solecism. It has to do with the verb “to hang.” Here’s the illustration; look in the lower right corner:

The past tense of “hang” is usually “hung.” But when you’re mentioning someone getting killed by being suspended by their neck, the word is “hanged,” whether suicide, execution, or murder. I see too many professionals using the wrong verb lately. If you’re talking about death, it’s “hanged.”

Not a pleasant subject, but at least get it right.

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Top 4 Advantages of Professional Web Design

Nowadays, one’s success on the Internet depends a lot on professional web design. This applies to businesses in particular. Although you will come across lots of tutorials, software applications, and do-it-yourself sites available on the web, nothing can be compared to professional website design and that too for different reasons. In the following paragraphs, we will mention the top 4 benefits to hire a professional web design company and why every business must take a chance on professionalism.

  1. First Impressions count a lot

We all are aware that first impressions count a lot. This is true in every sphere of life and on the web as well. Your website will help to attract a lot of customers and they will be able to access you. As a matter of fact, you have less than 6 seconds to grab the attention of a potential client. There is every possibility for you to lose them almost instantly if your website is not designed professionally in an enticing manner with fresh content, simple and user-friendly navigation, plus acceptability.

  1. More sales indicate more profit

There is no doubt that the correct design will help to improve your sales. There is a huge possibility for your sales and profit to suffer considerably in case you are a novice to website design and do not embrace the basic features in your site. When it comes to professional web design company in OKC, every project manager, web designer, and any person that works for the company knows precisely what it needs to produce a money-making website that will help to promote sales, and ultimately generate revenues for you.

  1. Product is highlighted

It does not matter whether you provide 1 product or multiple products, any professional web designer is aware of precisely what is needed to highlight the right products. They have studied your targeted audience and have a good idea about them, what precisely they are searching for, and also how to highlight the products properly for increasing the sales. The same is applicable to services too. You ought to show the best of what can be provided by you so as to convert the site visitors to paying clientele.

  1. Unique

One of the most beneficial things regarding professional web design is probably the fact that your site is going to be yours and yours. There must not be any other site on the web that resembles your site. It might be the fact that you are making use of templates that you come across on the internet or WYSIWYG editors (What You See Is What You Get editors), and in that case, it is possible that many other webmasters have the identical template just as you. It is a fact that every prospective client wants to see something unique and innovative. They hate the idea of coming across the same website design again and again.

After mentioning the top 4 benefits of professional website design at present, we like to mention that there are many more benefits that we have not covered in this post. However, these above four are the main reasons why you must go for a professional design company.

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Who Goes First?

Yes, the comic breaks a rule, but you know that rule: “I” is for the subject of a sentence, not “me.” This post is about another rule: Don’t put yourself first! But be sure to read the comment after the comic.

We have no grammatical rule that says not to put yourself first! All it is, is being polite to mention others first. Particularly in scientific writing the author mentions the main researcher, him- or herself, first, and adds associates (mere grad students maybe?) who participated, second.

So if you deserve most of the credit, go ahead and mention yourself first. But use “I,” (or “we”) not “me” (or “us”)!

I ran into a sentence that correctly puts “we” first:

These recent updates, suggesting that climate change and its impacts are emerging faster than scientists previously thought, are consistent with observations that we and other colleagues have made identifying a pattern in assessments of climate research of underestimation of certain key climate indicators, and therefore underestimation of the threat of climate disruption.

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He’s Correct, But…

…He’s being a jerk about it. This is why I regularly promise not to correct someone’s grammar unless they ask me to.

I gotta admit, he’s unlikely to forget his PIN, though.

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The Janitor Gets it Right

The rule he gets right has to do with the apostrophe when you want to make a word possessive.

If the word you want to make possessive ends in “s,” just add an apostrophe; don’t add another “s.”

Last panel:

But you pronounce the possessive as if that second “s” were there! So it sounds like “Joneses.”

A head locker room attendant is a janitor, right?

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