The summer heat is disappearing and school districts are starting another year with less staffing and programs. California students are returning to public schools with fewer staff per student than any other state. Yet with the challenges facing families today, we need more adults supporting our children, not less.
(From Schools need community cooperation - pasadenasun.com)
If this paragraph contains any errors, please correct them. Here's my try:
...and programs ---> ...and fewer programs
...fewer staff ---> ...fewer staff members
...not less ---> ...not fewer
I'm wondering if understanding the difference well is no big deal.
Staff is fine. It doesn't need to be staff members.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
(North American English) staff members
(From Definition and pronunciation of staff | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary)
This example makes me think that "fewer staff" should have been "fewer staff members."
Last edited by 5jj; 23-Sep-2011 at 03:09. Reason: typo
Could you explain what a staff member is, then?
As several of us have told you, sunsunmoon, not everyone's language is impeccable, sometimes usage is not yet established, and many native speakers simply do not care very much about the finer points of language. In your recent posts, you have asked about a number of points that would not bother most native speakers.
I'm aware that not everyone's language is impeccable. Thank you.
Is the "staff" in "fewer staff" a countable noun? Can "staff," not "staffs," be used as a plural noun?