Is using very less correct English? My friend suggests it should be very little. Are they both correct, or is there a difference?
"Very less" is incorrect. "Very little" or "much less" would be possible alternatives.
Some examples of how both phrases could be used:
I paid very little for this jacket. I paid $500 for this jacket in March; today I could buy it for much less.
I have very little money. I have much less money today than I did on Monday.
Very less isn't correct. It depends on exactly what you're trying to say though.
Very little implies a completely different meaning. If there is very little of something, it means a very small number. Whereas 'very less' (although wrong) implies that it is less than something else, or less than it was before.
is probably clearer.
Your friend is right -- "very little" is correct. I've never seen "very less" used anywhere, and it feels awkward to me.
- Less is used with uncountable things quantity of water.
- Little is used with countable things like money.
protected by NVZ Feb 2 '17 at 20:09
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