Is using very less correct English? My friend suggests it should be very little. Are they both correct, or is there a difference?

  • You need to up the ante and say "very least" ... ^_^
    – Robusto
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 0:37
  • ...at the very least? ;-P Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 1:10
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    People in India use it all the time. There it is common to say "very less" when they mean "very little".
    – user26829
    Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 5:42
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    The idiomatic phrase very less is prevalent in neither AmE nor BrE, but is essentially a regionalism seen in the Indian subcontinent and probably in some other countries.
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 7:42

4 Answers 4


"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.

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  • @Adarshnairy You are not supposed to leave an edit comment in the answer. You should leave it in Edit Summary.
    – user140086
    Commented Jan 3, 2016 at 15:23

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.

far less


much fewer

is probably clearer.

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    Note that far fewer and much less also work. But people don't usually use very with less or fewer. Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 13:41

Your friend is right -- "very little" is correct. I've never seen "very less" used anywhere, and it feels awkward to me.

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    There are many usages of 'very less' in the web. But everything I checked points to a post from an Indian. :) So I guess it's an indian thing. Will try to avoid it in future.
    – chitti
    Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 0:14
  • Less is used with uncountable things quantity of water.
  • Little is used with countable things like money.
  • Money is 99% of the time uncountable, A: How much money do you have? B: Very little
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 16:24

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