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    Comparatives and superlatives

    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!

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    Re: Comparatives and superlatives

    Quote Originally Posted by pato389 View Post
    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!
    No, they are not correct.

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    Re: Comparatives and superlatives

    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.

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    Re: Comparatives and superlatives

    Quote Originally Posted by pato389 View Post
    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!
    You could also say/write

    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.
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    Re: Comparatives and superlatives

    Ok great! Things are much clearer now! Thanks to all of you!

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