Telegraph Watch

An historic Isle of Wight manor house previously owned by no less than eight British monarchs goes on the market

Fewer than?

6 thoughts on “Telegraph Watch”

  1. I’m not sure about this – I’ve always been told that, as a rule of thumb, you use fewer for things that are countable, and less when they are not.

    Are you 100% certain that the arts graduates who now infest The Telegraph’s desks are capable of counting to eight? With the quality of their more recent “reporting” I’m in two minds as to whether they are correct when writing from their viewpoint.

  2. James: That’s a good rule of thumb, as you say, but it’s not actually a rule. Unless you’re the kind of person who thinks it’s correct to respond to questions like “How far away do you live?” with answers like “About ten miles, or fewer”.

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