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Using Words Correctly 2

sorting cards

When you write, avoid confusing these sets of words:

  • fewer, less: Fewer compares things you can count. Less compares quantities you can't count but can measure.

    I have fewer collectible cards than Shannon, but I also have less time to collect them.

  • good, well: Good is an adjective meaning "desirable." Well is an adverb meaning "in a desirable way."

    My card collection is good, but I don't spot rare cards as well as Shannon does.

  • learn, teach: Learn means to gain knowledge or skill. Teach means to help others gain knowledge or skill.

    I'd like to learn more about card collecting if Shannon would teach me.

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