Use of Less

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valterluciom

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Is it possible to use de adverb less with one-syllable adjective? For exemple:
I am less shy than my brother.
I am less happy today than when I was a child.
Or it can be used only with those adjectives which form the comparative with more?
 

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Is it possible to use de adverb less with one-syllable adjective? For exemple:
I am less shy than my brother.
I am less happy today than when I was a child.
Or it can be used only with those adjectives which form the comparative with more?

Though not a professional teacher, I would say that both your examples are fine. "Less" is often used to give a fine gradation of degree. For example, "less happy" may be different in degree to "unhappier".
 

stuartnz

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I see no major error in those sentences. An alternative can be...

I shy less than my brother

I’m happier now than when I was a child

The second alternative you offer is, of course, saying the exact opposite of the original poster's statement.
 
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