The use of 'less people', etc, is now so common in British English that there seems little point in claiming it is an error. Should it still be taught as wrong?
Indeed, is it still taught as wrong?
Is there any point in teaching something so widely used as being wrong? There is a risk that the teacher could undermine themselves by stating something that does not correspond with reality. If a student is taught that something is an error and then hears native speakers using it, isn't there a possibility of damaging the concept of a teacher's authority\knowledge if they teach something different from the realities of usage.
How do you teach it?
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