determiner & pronoun
- I appreciate trying to save money and being less of a consumer and all those other good things.
- So, the lower the charges, the less of your money is gobbled up and the better chance you have of matching the market.
- Also, they frequently carry outrageously high charges, so less of your money goes to work on day one.
- In most cases fast greens present less problems when drawing around a blocking bowl.
- It can be shown for example that there were less that 5000 men present but this is not of any importance.
- Yes, but it would present less difficulties once it is acknowledged that the writ is almost as of right.
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- That is part of the answer, but a less important part than the nature of the new legislation.
- To some extent the presence or absence of fine writing is even less important to me here than it is with people journals.
- The same trend applies, albeit to a less impressive extent, in the abbreviated format.
- The examination she was put through was less than thorough
- There was some constant fuzz on the track, so the clarity was less than perfect.
- Graham was less than pleased.
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Old English lǣssa, of Germanic origin; related to Old Frisian lēssa, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek loisthos 'last'.
In standard English less should only be used with uncountable things ( less money, less time). With countable things it is incorrect to use less ( less people and less words); strictly speaking, correct use is fewer people and fewer words. See also few (usage).
less and less
- At a continually decreasing rate: she ate less and less they became less and less willing to spend moneyMore example sentences
- America is sliding toward a firmer belief in the inequality of men and believes less and less in the unity of the human species.
- The chance of people learning by experience gets less and less as the jobs become few and far between.
- This is happening less and less, though the laid-back Holmes claims he never got uptight about it.
less is more
- Used to express the view that a minimalist approach to artistic or aesthetic matters is more effective.More example sentences
- Well I think in many cases less is more.
- You could sum the site up by saying less is more.
- Remember you can still look sexy without revealing all your goods; less is more!
much (or still) less
- Used to introduce something as being even less likely than something already mentioned: what woman would consider a date with him, much less a marriage?More example sentences
- In poor countries with under-resourced police departments, enforcement is still less likely.
- Lynch does not mention a battle, still less a location for one.
- She does not acknowledge the tremendous task she has already embarked upon, still less what she has achieved.
- Used to suggest, often ironically, that something is surprising or impressive: Peter cooked dinner—fillet steak and champagne, no lessMore example sentences
- Day three took us to a site no less impressive, aptly named Mysterious Lagoon.
- Having scooped a major award, covered by the Times no less, neither paper has said a thing about this!
- So it wants a legal framework to bring about the industrialisation of drug production, no less.
- (no less than) Used to emphasize a surprisingly large amount: no less than eight people diedMore example sentences
- After all, in their case, the plate on their car could amount to no less than one third of the price of the car.
- That test has been applied in this Court on no less than eight subsequent occasions.
- If you include the doll made in his likeness, there are no less than six incarnations of Pekar in the film.