Less vs. Lesser

You might think like they are the same or they are used interchangeably, but you are wrong. Click here.

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.


Grammatical Functions

  • 'Less':

has different grammatical functions.

  1. Determiner
  2. Pronoun
  3. Adverb
  • 'Lesser':

has only one grammatical function.

  1. Adjective

What Less and Lesser Mean

As it was mentioned earlier, they differ in their meanings.

  • 'Less':

shows a reduction in the amount of something.

We have to get stressed less. →pronoun

They are giving less money. →determiner

  • 'Lesser':

means not as great or important as something else.

A lesser student would quit trying on this subject. → adjective

Singular or Plural Nouns?

  • 'Less':

is used before a singular uncountable noun as a determiner.

Less meat is required these days, because people started to be vegetarian.

  • 'Lesser':

is used before any noun as an adjective.

He was a lesser teacher; I was confused after his teaching.

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