still less


still less
much more, much less, still more, still less
The principles, much more the practice, need a good deal of scrutiny. I didn't even see him, still less talk to him. Much more (or still more) is used when the grammatical form of the sentence is positive, and much less (or still less) when it is negative. Uncertainty arises when the form is positive but the sense is negative, as with adjectives in un- and words like difficult. In the sentence It is difficult to establish all the facts, much less to reach a conclusion, much more is strictly needed, not much less, but the result is awkward and an alternative such as let alone is often preferred.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • less — [ les ] function word *** Less is the comparative form of the function word little and can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (before a noun): Eat less fat. Schools put less emphasis on being creative. as a pronoun: Connie did less… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • still more — much more, much less, still more, still less The principles, much more the practice, need a good deal of scrutiny. I didn t even see him, still less talk to him. Much more (or still more) is used when the grammatical form of the sentence is… …   Modern English usage

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  • less — [[t]le̱s[/t]] ♦ (Less is often considered to be the comparative form of little.) 1) DET: DET n uncount You use less to indicate that there is a smaller amount of something than before or than average. You can use a little , a lot , a bit , far ,… …   English dictionary

  • less */*/*/ — UK [les] / US adverb, determiner, preposition, pronoun Summary: Less is the comparative form of the function word little and can be used in the following ways: as a determiner (before a noun): Eat less fat. ♦ Schools put less emphasis on being… …   English dictionary

  • less — 1 /les/ adverb 1 not so much; to a smaller degree: I found the second half of the play less interesting than the first. | We go to Paris less frequently now. | You ought to smoke less. opposite more 1 (1) 2 less and less gradually becoming… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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