1.) It is a lesser evil to have x than to have y.

2.) Having x is a lesser evil than having y.

Which of them are incorrect?

  • 1
    I can't explain why, but for me the first option sounds a bit formal and pompous, and the second is the more natural of the two.
    – JavaLatte
    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:33
  • 3) Neither are incorrect. But I agree with JavaLatte, the second one sounds more natural. Apr 19, 2017 at 11:38

1 Answer 1


Either option is perfectly good.

You can, if you want, cut out a few words and still make perfect sense.

It is a lesser evil to have X than Y.

Having X is a lesser evil than Y.

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