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English definition of “much/still less”

much/still less

formal
used to make a negative statement stronger: At the age of 14 I had never even been on a train, much less an aircraft.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings Grammar:LessWe use the quantifier less to talk about reduced quantities, amounts or degree. Less is a comparative word.See moreGrammar:Less: positionWe use less with different classes of words. We use less after verbs but before every other word class:See moreGrammar:Less with nounsWe use less on its own with singular uncountable nouns:See moreGrammar:Less ofWhenever we use less before articles (a/an, the), demonstratives (this, that), possessives (my, your) or pronouns (him, it), we need of:See moreGrammar:Less without a noun (as a pronoun)We usually leave out the noun after less when the noun is understood:See moreGrammar:Less and lessWe often use less and less to emphasise a decrease in something:See moreGrammar:Less or fewer?We use the quantifiers less and fewer to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. Less and fewer are comparative words.See moreGrammar:Less and fewer with a nounWe usually use less with uncountable nouns. We use fewer with plural nouns:See moreGrammar:Less and fewer with ofWhen we use fewer or less before articles (a/an, the), demonstratives (this, that), possessives (my, your) or pronouns (him, them), we need to use of. We use less of with singular nouns and fewer of with plural nouns:See moreGrammar:Less and fewer without a nounWe can leave out the noun when it is obvious:See moreGrammar:MoreorlessMore or less means ‘mostly’, ‘nearly’ or ‘approximately’. We use it in mid position (between the subject and main verb, or after the modal verb or first auxiliary verb, or after be as a main verb). It is slightly informal:See more
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