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    May I say "He is less old than me.?"

    Hello,teachers:
    I have a question.
    "I am older than he."
    When I saw the sentence above, I realized that I can also say "He is not as old as me." according to the grammar rule.
    Now I am wondering if I can say "He is less old than me." as well.
    Since I remember that I have a vague impression that the grammar book says not as----as are used with adjective and adverb of more than one syllable.
    However, I am not very sure.

    May I have your clarification?
    Thanksa lot!

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    Re: May I say "He is less old than me.?"

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Hello,teachers:
    I have a question.
    "I am older than he."
    When I saw the sentence above, I realized that I can also say "He is not as old as me." according to the grammar rule.
    Now I am wondering if I can say "He is less old than me." as well.
    Since I remember that I have a vague impression that the grammar book says not as----as are used with adjective and adverb of more than one syllable.
    However, I am not very sure.

    May I have your clarification?
    Thanksa lot!
    "As ...........as" can be used with adjectives with any number of syllables.

    There is nothing grammatically wrong with "He is less old than me/I am". but it looks and sounds clumsy. "He is not as old as me/ I am." is much better and more usual.

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    Re: May I say "He is less old than me.?"

    Hello WUKEN


    • He is less old than me.
    • He is younger than I am / than me.
    • He is not as old as I am / as me.

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    Re: May I say "He is less old than me.?"

    Thanks for both of your clarification and confirmation.
    He is less old than me.
    I am wondering if the reason is because the term "old" is one syllable.

    May I have your reply?
    Thanks for your confirmation again.

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    Re: May I say "He is less old than me.?"

    Quote Originally Posted by WUKEN View Post
    Thanks for both of your clarification and confirmation.


    I am wondering if the reason is because the term "old" is one syllable.

    May I have your reply?
    Thanks for your confirmation again.
    It's the semantics that's awkward here: age = old and young, not more and less.

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