Discussion in 'English Only' started by cheshire, Mar 23, 2007.
Can we substitute "later" for "less" in "The North Pole was discovered less than a century ago."?
No, you can't. The sentence changes if you put later. Saying less makes it more recent, while saying later makes it seem less recent.
No. X was discovered later than a century ago doesn't work.
Thanks! We can't use "later" in the parenthesis below, then?
Mozart was born ( ) than Bach.
In this case "later" is fine. What you can't use is "less", as it would imply a quantity of something.
You can use later, but the sentence might sound a little funny.
(1) "The North Pole was discovered later than a century ago."?
(2) Mozart was born later than Bach.
Why is (1) wrong because the "later" mean a recent event, but (2) is correct?
I wouldn't say the first one was is wrong, but when stating sentences of that nature it's more natural to use "less" than "later." However, the second sentence changes meaning completely if you use "less" rather than later".
Separate names with a comma.