Tuesday 13 July 2010

Fewer Than...

The incorrect usage of 'fewer' and 'less' is one of my bugbears (along with 'your' and 'you're') so I was a tad amused to read this in Hansard from yesterday's debate on academy schools:
Tristram Hunt (Stoke-on-Trent Central) (Lab): Is the Secretary of State aware that figures from his department show that academy schools are, on average, teaching one third less GCSEs in history and geography than schools in the maintained sector,

Michael Gove: Like the hon. Gentleman, I am committed to academic excellence, so I should point out that he should have said "fewer", not "less".

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