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    much less his parents

    "much less" seems to mean "his parents are much less easier to persuade", but the meaning is opposite. If replaced by "much more", does it make the opposite meaning? Why is it "much less" instead of "much more"?

    146)It's hard for me to persuade him, much less his parents.

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    Re: much less his parents

    Here is the phrasing.

    It's hard to to X, much less Y = It's harder to do Y than to do X.
    It's hard to do something to X, much less Y = It's harder to something to Y than it is to do the same thing to X.

    He is hard to persuade. His parents are harder to persuade, even though he is hard himself. .
    It's hard enough to get him to exercise once a week, much less once a day. It will be harder to get him to exercise daily than weekly.
    It's hard for me to talk in public, much less sing. It's much harder to sing in public than to talk in public, which is also hard.
    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: much less his parents

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    "much less" seems to mean "his parents are much less easier to persuade", but the meaning is opposite.
    Barb is right. Yes, strictly read, it does seem to mean the opposite. There are some idioms that can't be read literally.

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