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Hi everyone! I have a doubt concerning comparatives and superlatives using the words less and the least. I know that for long adjectives I can say
"He's less intelligent than her" and "He's the least intelligent student in my class."
But what happens with short adjectives? For example, is it correct to say...?
"He's less nice than her" or "He's the least nice students in my class."
I need your help please!
I can't tell you a grammatical reason but the fact is, we just say "not as nice as" instead of "less nice."
I don't mind "least nice" if everyone is nice to some degree. No one is rude or even so-so. But that seems unlikely. He's the meanest child. He's the rudest child. He's the most difficult child.
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.
He's less intelligent than her (spoken/formal) He's less intelligent than she [is] (written/formal) and it should read "He's the least nice student (SINGULAR!) in my class." Try putting nice into its antonym: "He's the nastiest/worst student in my class." Or "He is not the nicest ..."
"He's the least nice student in my class" is not very idiomatic.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 12-Sep-2013 at 07:29. Reason: tiny typo
Ok great! Things are much clearer now! Thanks to all of you!