What Are Their Main Differences?
'Less' shows reduction, while 'lesser' is just an adjective used before nouns to mean, something is not as great or important in size or importance as other things.
- Suffix in adjectives
As you know, determiners are used before nouns, using different kinds of nouns after determiners rely on the determiner. For example, 'less' is followed by singular uncountable nouns, However using a plural countable noun after it is considered common in daily English. Pronouns are used without any nouns immediately afterward. Adverbs are used to modify verbs adjectives or other adverbs, 'less' as an adverb is used after the verb and before adjectives and adverbs. Suffixes are added to the end of a term to give new meaning or related new meaning to it. 'Less' is added to adjectives to indicate the lack of a particular adjective.
He turned out to be
We saw a
Lesser as an adjective is used only before nouns to tell they are at the lower degree or level. In other words, it is used to tell something or someone is not as important as the others.
He belonged the
What Less and Lesser Mean
As it was mentioned earlier, they differ in their meanings.
shows a reduction in the amount or number of something.
We have to get stressed
They are giving
means not as great or important as something else.
This is a
Singular or Plural Nouns?
is used before a singular uncountable noun as a determiner. However, as it was mentioned earlier it can be used before plural countable nouns, too. And it is common among native speakers.
is used before any noun as an adjective whether the noun is countable, uncountable, singular, or plural.
He was a
The Lesser of Two Evils or the Lesser Evil
If you are forced to choose between two bad choices and one of them is the worst while the other is a little bit better you use "the lesser of the two evils" or "the lesser evil". It means the one that has been chosen is a better option.
Spending the night on the island and not being killed by the sharks was
She should marry an old man because it was
It is said that sometimes people use 'lesser' as a double comparative in the same meaning as 'less', but keep in mind that it is technically incorrect and we use 'less' instead. Keep in mind that this use is too informal.
The car worth
Their Position in Interact with Nouns
'Lesser' as an adjective and 'less' as a determiner is used before nouns.
She is a student of