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    Default less or lesser

    I know it's ok to say

    a lesser amount of money

    Is it also ok and is it stricktly in agreement with the grammar rules to use less instead?

    a lesser amount of money = a less amount of money (or is it ok only in casual speech?)

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    Default Re: less or lesser

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    I know it's ok OK to say:

    a lesser amount of money

    Is it also OK and is it stricktly (spelling = strictly) in agreement with the grammar rules to use less instead?

    a lesser amount of money = a less amount of money (or is it OK only in casual speech?)
    It's not OK in formal, informal or casual speech. It just doesn't work. You can say "a smaller/lower amount of money". Please note that "OK" should always be capitalised.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: less or lesser

    Please, confirm!
    a lesser amount of money - OK
    a less amount of money - WRONG
    a smaller/lower amount of money - OK

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    Default Re: less or lesser

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    Please, confirm!
    a lesser amount of money - OK
    a less amount of money - WRONG
    a smaller/lower amount of money - OK
    Yes, that is what I said in my last post.
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