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    Hello everyone

    I wonder if I can use 'less' as an adjective; for example:
    Tom has less food than Harry.

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    Re: less

    Yes.

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    Re: less

    ....But if the noun is countable, use 'fewer': 'Tom has fewer sausages than Harry.'

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    Re: less

    What about 'lesser', can I use it in that sentence? "Tom has lesser food than than Harry" or should I necessarily use "amount" , "Tom has lessr amount of food than Harry." ??

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    Re: less

    Quote Originally Posted by btech86 View Post
    What about 'lesser', can I use it in that sentence? "Tom has lesser food than than Harry" No. or should I necessarily use "amount" , "Tom has a lesser amount of food than Harry." ? You could say this, but it wouldn't be very natural. One question mark is sufficient.
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    Re: less

    lesser is an adjective , so why can't we use it before a noun like 'food'?

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    Re: less

    Quote Originally Posted by btech86 View Post
    lesser is an adjective , so why can't we use it before a noun like 'food'?
    'Lesser' means 'smaller', 'less important/significant'. It is the antonym of 'greater', not of 'more'.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-Jan-2013 at 21:41. Reason: typo

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    Re: less

    Quote Originally Posted by btech86 View Post
    lesser is an adjective , so why can't we use it before a noun like 'food'?
    So is 'blue'. Some words don't go with others. 'Lesser' and 'food' form this sort of non-collocation.

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