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    less bigger??

    Can you say 'less bigger'? It sounds odd to me.

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    Re: less bigger??

    No.

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    Re: less bigger??

    Quote Originally Posted by bridge78 View Post
    Can you say 'less bigger'? It sounds odd to me.

    If you were saying something was smaller than the original size, you would just say 'smaller'.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: less bigger??

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    If you were saying something was smaller than the original size, you would just say 'smaller'.
    It's possible, though not always very natural, to say less big.

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    Re: less bigger??

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's possible, though not always very natural, to say less big.
    Which is why you would say smaller. I've never heard 'less big' used to describe the diminishing size of an object, or an object that is not the same size of another item.

    And in fact the meaning of 'less big' would be 'smaller'.
    Last edited by HanibalII; 18-Nov-2012 at 02:58.
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    Re: less bigger??

    Quote Originally Posted by bridge78 View Post
    Can you say 'less bigger'? It sounds odd to me.
    It makes sense in the right context, but I wouldn't advise using it.
    "Jack is bigger than me. He's three inches taller. Peter is also bigger then me, but only by two inches, so he's less bigger [than me] than Jack is."
    But, you're right. It sounds odd, and not everyone would be able to cope with it.

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    Re: less bigger??

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    And in fact the meaning of 'less big' would be 'smaller'.
    Not necessarily exactly.

    If A is less expensive than B, there is some implication, however slight, that B is in some way expensive.
    If Be is cheaper than A, there is some suggestion, howerver slight, that A is in some way cheap.

    A similar contrast exists between smaller' and 'less big'. Some people call for 'less big goverment' others would like to see 'less big business'.

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    Re: less bigger??

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Not necessarily exactly.

    If A is less expensive than B, there is some implication, however slight, that B is in some way expensive.
    If Be is cheaper than A, there is some suggestion, howerver slight, that A is in some way cheap.

    A similar contrast exists between smaller' and 'less big'. Some people call for 'less big goverment' others would like to see 'less big business'.

    Would you be able to direct me to a source that uses 'less big' in context? I've been searching google (probably not the best place) since this thread was created and have not been able to find any.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: less bigger??

    There are 12 citations in COCA.

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    Re: less bigger??

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    There are 12 citations in COCA.
    Cheers. That's a great resource. Never heard of it before, until now. :)

    On the note of less big however, I would recommend replacing 'less big' with smaller, as it does sound much more natural. Only reason I would use 'less big' would be to place emphasis. And even then, it could be difficult.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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