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    Here is a question.

    Hi Fellows!
    Cany anyone,please, guide me in using adjectives "ful" and "less".
    thanks.
    Ramzan Ali

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    Re: Here is a question.

    I'm not sure if I got your problem right. I try to help you by providing you with some examples.

    full

    The invoice amount is to be paid in full.

    This book is full of errors.

    He thought about it all night full of despair and longing.

    less

    You use less to modify a singular noun.

    The job is less difficult than I was told.

    Compare:

    fewer

    You use fewer to modify a plural noun.

    I have fewer essays to write than last year.


    Does that help?
    Snowcake
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    #3

    Re: Here is a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    I'm sure if I got your problem right. I try to help you by providing you with some examples.

    full

    The invoice amount is to be paid in full.

    This book is full of errors.

    He thought about it all night full of despair and longing.

    less

    You use less to modify a singular noun.

    The job is less difficult than I was told.

    Compare:

    fewer

    You use fewer to modify a plural noun.except when you see "10 items or less"

    I have fewer essays to write than last year.


    Does that help?
    Snowcake

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    Cool Re: Here is a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramzan Ali View Post
    Hi Fellows!
    Cany anyone,please, guide me in using adjectives "ful" and "less".
    thanks.
    Ramzan Ali
    I'm getting the impression that you meant adjectives ending in the suffixes -ful and -less, innit?

    Basically, adjectives ending in -ful are in opposition to adjectives ending in -less; the suffix -ful means with/having the qualities of, while -less without/lacking:

    careful vs. careless
    faithful vs. faithless
    hopeful vs. hopeless

    It's worth mentioning that not every adjective ending in -ful has an opposite counterpart in an adjective ending in -less, and vice versa:

    beautiful, but not beautiless
    worthless, but not worthful


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