Wednesday, 10 January 2007
Less Is More
There is more than meets the eye to the business of "less" v. "fewer", in at least some cases, though perhaps less... er, I mean fewer, than I'd wish.  See here.

(Thanks to a sympathetic reader for that.)

Posted on 01/10/2007 8:18 AM by John Derbyshire
Comments
10 Jan 2007
Mary Jackson
In the article Derb links, someone was trying to be clever by saying "fewer than three years ago". This wrong, of course; "less than three years ago" is right.

You would say "fewer than three people", because three people (or items) are individuals. You say "less than three years ago" because you are considering the time period as a whole rather than each individual year.