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Please, help me. Consider this. Tom is very rich, he has 200 millions dollars. Peter is less rich than Tom, he has 8 millions. Now, can I say?

“Peter is much less rich than Tom” (8 vs 200) (a comparative construct)

I know we can use “much less” in sentences like:

“I don't believe in ghosts, much less in those legends so much in fashion these days” (No comparative here)

But I don’t think that “… is much less rich than …” is the same thing - Or it is? Please, concentrate in English, not in so much money! Emotion: big smile

And thank you in advance,

Eladio
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I think you'll also hear "far less" in that context.

He is far less unhappy now that he has a new boss.

I'm far less likely to believe Peter than I am Sam.
I don't see a problem with 'much less' used in this way.
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Google has almost 10,000 examples of the exact phrase 'much less rich'. Replacing 'rich' with other terms, gives thousands more.

for instance:

'much less interested' = 56,300

'much less capable' = 38,300
Old Eladio
Please, help me. Consider this. Tom is very rich, he has 200 millions dollars. Peter is less rich than Tom, he has 8 millions. Now, can I say?

“Peter is much less rich than Tom” (8 vs 200) (a comparative construct)

I know we can use “much less” in sentences like:

“I don't believe in ghosts, much less in those legends so much in fashion these days” (No comparative here)

But I don’t think that “… is much less rich than …” is the same thing - Or it is? Please, concentrate in English, not in so much money! Emotion: big smile

And thank you in advance,

Eladio

There are examples of such on grammar sites:

Comparative and superlative adjectives

Comparative adjectives

When we compare two things, we often use the comparative forms of adjectives or adverbs, for example:

  • 5 + 5 is greater than 6 + 3.
  • A Rolls Royce car is much less expensive than a Ford Focus.


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Sorry - I just saw something I wanted to add.

200 million dollars, 8 million dollars, not 200 millions dollars or 8 millions.

Millions of dollars is fine, but once you add the number, then million is in the singular.

(I know, you said focus on the English, not the money, but I still thought it was worth pointing out.)
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MilkyA Rolls Royce car is much less expensive than a Ford Focus.

On what planet?
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MilkyA Rolls Royce car is much less expensive than a Ford Focus.

On what planet?

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As with other roots programs, this one includes plenty of material on Latin and Greek elements; but what I especially appreciate is its inclusion of words from Anglo-Saxon as well as words taken whole into English from modern foreign languages. How much less rich a language English would be without such words as elite, nonchalant, and sobriquet (French); crescendo, dilettante, and gusto (Italian); renegade, bonanza, and peccadillo (Spanish)!

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Davkett
MilkyA Rolls Royce car is much less expensive than a Ford Focus.

On what planet?

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