Monday, September 29, 2008

So Many News

I’ve been inundated with so many F1-related news (Today, 27–28 September 2008)? This sentence doesn’t work for two reasons.

First, news is an uncountable noun, so we’d have to use much. However, it is followed by the countable nouns events and invites, both of which can take many, so this presents us with the problem of how to combine them.

Second, the word inundated already carries an implication of excess, so too much/many is clearly redundant. The writer should simply have said: I’ve been inundated with F1-related fashion news, events and invites. And not an iota of meaning would have been lost.

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