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    #1

    Use of very

    Is "very" used properly in the following sentence?


    There is very less sugar in that jar.

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    Re: Use of very

    No.

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    Re: Use of very

    Well ,the "very" might be right, but the "less" might be wrong.

    Jar A has 8 cups of sugar. Jar B has 2 cups of sugar. There is MUCH less sugar in Jar B.

    The jar has about a tablespoon of sugar. There is very LITTLE sugar in the jar.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Use of very

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Well ,the "very" might be right, but the "less" might be wrong.

    Jar A has 8 cups of sugar. Jar B has 2 cups of sugar. There is MUCH less sugar in Jar B.

    The jar has about a tablespoon of sugar. There is very LITTLE sugar in the jar.
    May I know why less is inappropriate in the above sentence?

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    Re: Use of very

    Quote Originally Posted by nathesh2011 View Post
    May I know why less is inappropriate in the above sentence?
    "very less" doesn't sound OK. You can say "There is a lot less sugar..." or go with what some forumers have suggested above.

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    #6

    Re: Use of very

    Less is a comparison.

    There is less milk than there is soda.
    There is less of a crowd in this room than in that room, so let's stay here.

    Little shows the "smallness" of the number/amount.

    I have little money. There is little chance. There is little milk.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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