5 Words We Forget How to Use Correctly

Less – should not be used in place of fewer. Fewer should be used when you know the exact numbers of the things you are comparing. Fewer is countable e.g. fewer problems, fewer people going there this week. Less should be used when you are dealing with abstract numbers. Less isn’t countable e.g. less rain, less money, less stress.

Literally – often incorrectly used in support of exaggeration or violent metaphor

Most – not to be used in place of almost

Thank you in advance – this is rude, don’t use it.

Whom If the answer to the question is he, then ask who.
Who did this? He did.

If the answer to the question is him, then ask whom.
To whom does it belong? It belongs to him.

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