Should I use 'less' or lesser in the above statement? Is it possible to use two different degrees of comparison in the same sentence? Is there any exception?

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    What two different degrees of comparison are you suggesting? – Mike Brockington May 10 '19 at 9:49
  • @MikeBrockington - "more" would be one and "less" would be two. – AndyT May 10 '19 at 9:54
  • @AndyT I suspect you are correct about what the OP meant, but those are two different 'methods' of comparison, simple opposites in fact, rather than 'degrees' as I would understand it. – Mike Brockington May 10 '19 at 9:56
  • @JasonBassford Thanks, Jason for pointing out. Corrected it – Ajit Singh May 20 '19 at 10:52
  • I've always found IPLing a computer to be just plain boring. – Hot Licks May 20 '19 at 12:29

I would write this as:

IPL should be more about cricket, and less about entertainment.

(Though I disagree with the statement!)

  • Thanks, Mike. But shouldn't we use 'lesser' instead of 'less' to match with 'more'? Sorry, if this doesn't make sense. – Ajit Singh May 20 '19 at 10:55
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    @AjitSingh Not really, 'less' is the opposite of 'more' as in the phrase 'more or less'. 'Lesser' is the opposite of 'greater', as in 'the greater amount of money' and 'the lesser of two evils'. – BoldBen May 20 '19 at 12:50
  • @BoldBen Thank you so much. Makes sense – Ajit Singh Jun 17 '19 at 6:22

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