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    Default Use of Less

    Is it possible to use de adverb less with one-syllable adjective? For exemple:
    I am less shy than my brother.
    I am less happy today than when I was a child.
    Or it can be used only with those adjectives which form the comparative with more?

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    Default Re: Use of Less

    I see no major error in those sentences. An alternative can be...

    I shy less than my brother

    I’m happier now than when I was a child

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    Default Re: Use of Less

    Quote Originally Posted by valterluciom View Post
    Is it possible to use de adverb less with one-syllable adjective? For exemple:
    I am less shy than my brother.
    I am less happy today than when I was a child.
    Or it can be used only with those adjectives which form the comparative with more?
    Though not a professional teacher, I would say that both your examples are fine. "Less" is often used to give a fine gradation of degree. For example, "less happy" may be different in degree to "unhappier".

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    Default Re: Use of Less

    Quote Originally Posted by schmoozed View Post
    I see no major error in those sentences. An alternative can be...

    I shy less than my brother

    Iím happier now than when I was a child
    The second alternative you offer is, of course, saying the exact opposite of the original poster's statement.

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    Yep Stuartnz

    Regret that

    Maybe

    I was happier as a child than now

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