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    little less least or little less LAST?

    Hello dear teachers
    I was wondering if you could help me with this total confusion of mine.
    what is comparative and superlative of little?
    little less the least
    or is it
    little less last

    if i'm correct in this two sentences less and least are comparative and superlative of adjective little?
    there were less problems than I expected You have more important problems to worry about, this is the least of your problems

    but what about last? it is the last thing on my mind

    Could you, please, pretty please, explain to me what is LAST in the sentence above? is it not a comparative form of something?


    And I have the same confusion with superlative and comparative form of adverb little - for example:

    I like my uncle Tim less then my uncle Peter, but I like uncle Tom the least

    or he arrived the latest (late, later. latest)
    but
    he arrived last - what is in the God's name is "LAST" ?

    Is 'LAST' can be comparative of adverb or adjective? Or did I totally confused it with something else?

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: little less least or little less LAST?

    Please note all the errors you made which I've marked in red. In your haste to post your question, you seemed to have neglected grammar and punctuation.

    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post
    Hello dear teachers
    I was wondering if you could help me with this total confusion of mine.
    what is comparative and superlative of little?
    little less the least
    or is it
    little less last
    It's 'little, less, the least'.


    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post
    If I'm correct in this these two sentences, less and least are comparative and superlative of the adjective little?
    There were less problems than I expected. You have more important problems to worry about, this is the least of your problems.

    But what about last? It is the last thing on my mind.

    Could you, please, pretty please, explain to me what is LAST in the sentence above? Is it not a comparative form of something?
    No, in this sentence 'last' is an adjective referring to the order of things (first, second, last).

    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post
    And I have the same confusion with superlative and comparative forms of the adverb little - for example:

    I like my Uncle Tim less then my Uncle Peter, but I like Uncle Tom the least.

    or He arrived the latest. (late, later, latest)
    but
    He arrived last - what is in the God's name is "LAST" ?

    Is 'LAST' can be the comparative of adverb or adjective? Or did I totally confused it with something else?

    Thank you in advance.
    Your confusion come from the fact that that little can be an adjective or an adverb, and the forms are different.

    As an adverb, the forms are little, less, and least.

    As an adjective, there are two meanings of 'little', with the comparative and superlative forms differing by meaning.

    If little means 'small in size', then the forms are little, littler, and the littlest.
    If little means 'a small amount', then the forms are little, less, and the least.

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    regula and irregular adjectives

    Hello again
    could you , please, help me with this? I've just come across two adjectives

    regular
    little littler littlest

    and irregular
    little less least

    Is that correct? Is there such a thing as irregular adjective little less least ? And if so when do we use irregular adjective
    little less least

    could you give me some examples, please?
    thank you

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    Re: regula and irregular adjectives

    As was clearly explained at the end of Skrej's detailed post, there are two meanings of "little" and they take different comparative and superlative forms.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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