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A number of people have written in to express their anger over various misuses of the apostrophe - and also to ask why we don't do something about other misuses (of words this time) which annoy them.  Some of these abuses have also annoyed our Chairman, John Richards, for years!


The confusion over LESS and FEWER


The rule concerning this is so simple that there should be no excuse for getting it wrong!

Examples:

Never, never use: There are ... less cars, less people, less dresses.


When to use WHO or WHOM


"Whom" is used less frequently these days but, if used, it should be used correctly.  It is used to refer to the object of a sentence and the easy way to remember this is the he/him question:

It is exactly the same with the she/her question. When it's "she" it is "who", but when it is "her' it is "whom":

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