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    Default May I say "verb less+adjective/adv?"

    Hello,teachers:
    I am cramming for a test.
    I didn't understand very well about the negative comparative structure.
    May I have your help?
    For example, I am wondering if my tries is correct or not .
    1. He didn't work as hard as most people.
    2. He worked less hard than most people.
    3. Most people work harder than him.

    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: May I say "verb less+adjective/adv?"

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello,teachers:
    I am cramming for a test.
    I didn't understand very well about the negative comparative structure.
    May I have your help?
    For example, I am wondering if my tries is correct or not .
    1. He didn't work as hard as most people.
    2. He worked less hard than most people.
    3. Most people worked harder than him.

    Thanks a lot
    They are all ok, and mean the same with the small change to 3. 1 and 3 are preferable to 2.

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    Default Re: May I say "verb less+adjective/adv?"

    For example, I am wondering if my tries is are correct or not .
    1. He didn't work as hard as most people.
    2. He worked less hard than most people.
    3. Most people work harder than him he.

    It is unlikely that people would actually say #2 - they are more likely to use #1.

    Colloquially, (in #3) it would be "...than him." but in an exam, it may be advisable to use correct grammar.

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    Thanks for your corrections!
    Thanks for your replies!

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    Default Re: May I say "verb less+adjective/adv?"

    So I am wondering how to use "less---than" in comparative structures.
    It seems not very common to use "less---than" from native speakers' answers.
    Since teachers sometimes like to design some difficult questions in the exam,
    may I ask your clarification,please?
    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: May I say "verb less+adjective/adv?"

    It is used but I wouldn't say it was idiomatic, as I said before 1 and 3 are much more likely. Excalibur is right about "...than he" in 3 in an exam situation, however, you are much more likely to hear "...than him".

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    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    So I am wondering how to use "less---than" in comparative structures.
    It seems not very common to use "less---than" from native speakers' answers.
    May I ask your clarification,please?
    Thanks a lot!
    You will hear "less....than....." quite often, "My dog is less aggressive than yours" for example, but it is not the best way to express it.

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    Default Re: May I say "verb less+adjective/adv?"

    Thanks a lot!
    Another question is
    it seems that native speakers use the sentence structure "be less---than" more than the sentence structure "verb less---- than".
    However, the sentence structure "verb less adj/adv than--" exists,isn't it?
    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: May I say "verb less+adjective/adv?"

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Thanks a lot!
    Another question is
    it seems that native speakers use the sentence structure "be less---than" more than the sentence structure "verb less---- than".
    However, the sentence structure "verb less adj/adv than--" exists,isn't it?
    Thanks for your help!
    "To be" is a verb WUKEN.

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