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    much less

    Are the following sentences acceptable?


    1. It's a common sense which even a kid knows the answer to the question, much less a junior high student should know the answer.

    2. It's a common sense which even a kid knows the answer, much less a junior high student.

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    Re: much less

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Are the following sentences acceptable?


    1. It's a common sense which even a kid knows the answer to the question, much less a junior high student should know the answer.

    2. It's a common sense which even a kid knows the answer, much less a junior high student.
    No. Neither of them works. "Common sense" doesn't fit (no article required by the way). "Much less" usually goes with a negative.

    I'm not even overweight, much less obese.

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    Re: much less

    1. It's a general sense which even a kid know the answer to the question, let alone a junior high student should know the answer.
    2. It's a general sense which even a kid knows the answer, let alone a junior high student.

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    Re: much less

    I'm not sure what you meant by common sense or general sense. Do you mean "general knowledge"? You don't "know the answer" to general knowledge. You know the answer to a question, or you just know some general knowledge.

    That's general knowledge that even a little kid would know!
    The answer to that question is something that even a kid would know.

    The use of "let alone" also usually goes with a negative.

    I wouldn't eat one apple, let alone a whole bag of them!
    A junior high school student wouldn't know the answer to that question, let alone a little kid.

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