Fewer bees

(48 Posts)
Dawndonna Wed 03-Oct-12 14:37:16

less honey.
Yep, I am being unreasonable, but it's basics and gets on my bloody nerves.

TheVermiciousKnid Wed 03-Oct-12 14:49:45

YANBU.

Pedants with 5 complaints or less fewer please cue queue hear here.

(Unless I've spectacularly missed the point and this thread is actually about the decline in the bee population. In which case YABU. grin)

RubyStolenBootyGates Wed 03-Oct-12 14:50:18

Fewer gins, less tonic.

TheVermiciousKnid Wed 03-Oct-12 14:51:34

Fewer pedants, less sense.

FredFredGeorge Wed 03-Oct-12 14:58:05

But it's not grammar, it's a stylistic choice which you (presumably your teachers) have chosen to invent into a rule of grammar. It's modern (traced back to just 1770) and there's nothing confusing about it, complaining about it just shows off your own rigidity and lack of choice in writing style.

Do you follow all of the stylistic choices of Robert Baker - or just that one?

Dawndonna Wed 03-Oct-12 14:58:46

grin Vermicious No, I am not actually discussing the bee population!

Sallyingforth Wed 03-Oct-12 15:01:23

Fewer apostrophes, less mistake's.

TheVermiciousKnid Wed 03-Oct-12 15:05:02

That's a relief, DawnDonna. grin

FredFredGeorge, I'm ignoring your post as it's messing with my pedant's certainty and I'm in danger of melt down.

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 03-Oct-12 15:36:17

YANBU. Once you're conscious of that particular rule, the violations are everywhere. <Throws more toast at the R4 Today Prog sports correspondent>

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 03-Oct-12 15:40:47

Decline in right type of plants, increased urbanisation and Varrowa mites been going on for several years.
Posting on MN won't help plant the right type of plants in your garden might. My garden was filled with honey bees all summer.

hlipop Wed 03-Oct-12 15:42:29

we had loads this summer as we have a patch in our garden where we planted wildflowers last year so we have had lots of bee's and butterflys =]]

TheVermiciousKnid Wed 03-Oct-12 16:55:21

Quite. Sow seeds, save a pendant pedant!

thanks

<doesn't even pretend to make sense anymore>

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 03-Oct-12 17:15:05

I don't want there to be fewer bees. I like honey.

VeritableSmorgasbord Wed 03-Oct-12 17:19:21

It's "less bees."
<picky about grammar>

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 03-Oct-12 17:21:01

Fewer bees.

TheVermiciousKnid Wed 03-Oct-12 17:22:15
VeritableSmorgasbord Wed 03-Oct-12 17:22:59

Less bees.

Dawndonna Wed 03-Oct-12 17:26:05

If it can be counted it's fewer.

VeritableSmorgasbord Wed 03-Oct-12 17:59:59

You can't count bees. There are too many. Hence 'less'.

Dawndonna Wed 03-Oct-12 18:04:46

grin Veritable
Fewer.

FlibberdeGibbet Wed 03-Oct-12 18:10:05

You may not actually be able to count the, because the little buggers won't stay still, but theoretically they can be counted, therefore there are indeed FEWER bees making LESS honey.

FlibberdeGibbet Wed 03-Oct-12 18:11:31

And indeed varroa and total colony collapse (I think that last bit is right) are decimating the bee population - and soon there will be no natural pollenators left, and we'll all be going to hell in a handcart.

(I have an opinion on everything!)

TheVermiciousKnid Wed 03-Oct-12 18:14:20

There are too many.

Exactly, there are too many, not too much. In theory you can count them, therefore it's many bees and fewer bees. If it's less bees you would also have to say much bees.

Don't forget that for every one of those bees, there are six knees.

That's an awful lot of bees' knees.

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VeritableSmorgasbord Wed 03-Oct-12 18:19:35

Less bees
Less bees
Less bee-age
grin

Sorry, I've always wanted to do that on MN
hardly anyone says fewer and it is a LOVELY thing to see

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