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less or lesser

Postby KRR » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:59 pm

Can somebody clarify the answer for this question.

There seems to be _________ rain this month than last month.
(less/little/least/lesser)
The worksheet answer is 'less'.
Why can't it be 'lesser', please clarify.

Thank u very much.

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Re: less or lesser

Postby tianzhu » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:24 pm

KRR wrote:Can somebody clarify the answer for this question.

There seems to be _________ rain this month than last month.
(less/little/least/lesser)
The worksheet answer is 'less'.
Why can't it be 'lesser', please clarify.

Thank u very much.

Hi

Rain is an uncountable noun. Use less for things/material that cannot be counted.

Best wishes.

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Re: less or lesser

Postby KRR » Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:53 pm

tianzhu wrote:
KRR wrote:Can somebody clarify the answer for this question.

There seems to be _________ rain this month than last month.
(less/little/least/lesser)
The worksheet answer is 'less'.
Why can't it be 'lesser', please clarify.

Thank u very much.

Hi

Rain is an uncountable noun. Use less for things/material that cannot be counted.

Best wishes.


Thank u so much for the explanation.
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Re: less or lesser

Postby Faun » Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:17 am

I think KRR is confused because the sentence compares the rainfall for 2 diff. months. Here, the word 'less' itself is used to compare between 2 different quantities, just like 'more'.

So when do we use lesser?
Eg Jar A-10ml, Jar B-20ml, Jar C-30ml
We say,

Jar A has less water than Jar C
Jar B has less water than Jar C
Jar A has lesser water than JarC than JarB (Jar A 20ml less, JarB 10ml less)

Wonder if I make sense, what do you think, tianzhu? Quite interesting..

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Re: less or lesser

Postby KRR » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:25 am

Another question please help.

Peter gets better marks than his twin broher. He is __________ of the two.
(smart, smarter, the smarter, the smartest)

The answer given is "the smartest"
Can you explain to me why is it not "smarter" or "the smarter".

Thank you very much.
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Re: less or lesser

Postby tianzhu » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:50 am

KRR wrote:Another question please help.

Peter gets better marks than his twin broher. He is __________ of the two.
(smart, smarter, the smarter, the smartest)

The answer given is "the smartest"
Can you explain to me why is it not "smarter" or "the smarter".

Thank you very much.
KRR

Hi

We use the comparison of adjectives to compare two or more people, places or things.

The comparative form of adjectives is used to compare two things or people.

The superlative form of adjectives is used to compare more than two things or people.

Therefore the answer is smarter.

I suggest you post your questions in PSLE English thread, where you can get tutors like TAS and Learning Partners to answer your questions.

Best wishes
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Re: less or lesser

Postby tianzhu » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:51 am

Faun wrote:Wonder if I make sense, what do you think, tianzhu? Quite interesting..


Hi

I am sorry, I don’t think I am proficient enough to answer your question.

I suggest you post your questions in PSLE English thread, where you can get tutors like TAS and Learning Partners to answer your questions.

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Re: less or lesser

Postby KRR » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:51 pm

tianzhu wrote:
KRR wrote:Another question please help.

Peter gets better marks than his twin broher. He is __________ of the two.
(smart, smarter, the smarter, the smartest)

The answer given is "the smartest"
Can you explain to me why is it not "smarter" or "the smarter".

Thank you very much.
KRR

Hi

We use the comparison of adjectives to compare two or more people, places or things.

The comparative form of adjectives is used to compare two things or people.

The superlative form of adjectives is used to compare more than two things or people.

Therefore the answer is smarter.

I suggest you post your questions in PSLE English thread, where you can get tutors like TAS and Learning Partners to answer your questions.

Best wishes


Very well explained.Thank you very much.

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