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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Criminal Sentence 586: Money Talk

From a book I'm reading:

"We'd spent all but a few of the $250 with which we'd begun the night."

Something about this is off. "Few" goes with countable nouns, such as dollars, but it doesn't seem to work in this sentence. It's almost as if the writer is suggesting he had 250 $1 bills and only a few were left.

I would go with "little" here. Your opinion?


k-bro said...

I'd cut down the wordiness even more..."We'd spent most of the $250...."

Anonymous said...

As to specific word choice, I agree with you: "little" works much better than "few" in this case. However, I like the alternative that k-bro offers even better.

The Sentence Sleuth said...

Good rewrite, K-Bro!