Discussion in 'English Only' started by mimi2, Feb 15, 2007.
Is it acceptable to say "less good"?
"The grey suit is less good than this one."
Rather "not as good", if you wish to avoid "worse" at any rate.
Setwale Charm is right - it would be:
"The grey suit is not as good as this one"
Please tell me why "less good" is not acceptable. Is it grammatically correct?
No, unfortunately it is not. In English, we simply do not use "less good," nor do we use "more good."
For "less good" we say "worse"
For "more good" we say "better"
For "least good" we say "worst"
and "most good" we say "best"
and it is ALWAYS this way, though, as Dimcl showed you, there are ways around saying "worse" such as "not as good as"
Both essentially say the same thing however, which is that one thing is "more good" (BETTER) than the other
I hope this helps
It is not grammatically correct. I couldn't tell you why. You could say..."this grey suit is less pliable than this one" or "this grey suit is less expensive than this one". Good works differently, though. Probably one of those weird English exceptions.
Thank you very much for kind help.
In terms of general usage I agree with what's been said already. But there is nothing ungrammatical or incorrect about saying less good.
Worse carries an implicit sense of badness: see where it comes in the sequence best, better, good, bad, worse, worst. Often, less good is used rather than worse to describe things that are not as good as the best but still on the positive side of the good/bad "boundary". Or to avoid appearing to be inappropriately critical.
Here are some reputable examples:
Generally, only when good is a noun (as opposed to "evil").
He's done a lot less good than he thinks.
I would have said that "worse" means "more bad" ("pire" in French)
and worst "most bad". There is a difference between less good and more bad...
Separate names with a comma.