for a group of fewer than

azz

Senior Member
armenian
Can one use
a. They won't make a reservation for fewer than six people.
instead of
b. They won't make a reservation for a group of fewer than six people.
?

The sentences are mine.

In (a), we have 'a reservation'. If it were 'reservations' then one would think that the speaker is talking about individual reservations. My feeling is that (a) works, but is not as good as (b). If it had 'reservations' it wouldn't work.

Many thanks.
 
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    These are both correct:

    They won't make a reservation for fewer than six people.
    They won't make reservations for fewer than six people. (In mosts contexts it would be understood that we are talking about individual reservations for more than 6 people).

    You sentence b. is grammatically correct but unnecessarily long – which makes it harder to understand, not easier.
     
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