I am designing a poster for a sale where the second item is 50% off. As is standard for such sales, the second item's price must be the same as or less than the price of the first item.
My boss wants this conveyed as "second item is of equal or lesser value to the first item", but this seems incorrect to me. Specifically, the "to" sounds like it should be "as" or "than".
To me, "of equal or lesser value" is like saying "of the same or smaller value", and saying "of the same or smaller value to the first item" does not make any sense to me. The sentence is comparing item to item, not value to item or value to value. Consider:
- "of equal or lesser value to the first item"
- "of darker color to the first item"
- "of longer length to the first item"
- "of similar structure to the first item"
None of these make sense to me.
Having said that, I went on Google to check my sanity, and as the search results indicate, using "to" is much more common than "as" or "than"!
What am I missing?
Thank you in advance!