Can i use “ less “ as adverb in sentence like :

I earned $500 less in this month.

As far as i understand , i need to add “ than... “ after “ less” to use it as adverb .

  • Normally we'd expect a than- clause after less. But this is a matter of "logic" (less than what?) rather than a syntactic rule. In your example, it's probably contextually obvious you mean less than usual (of course, you might mean less than someone else earned or something else, but doubtless in that case the context would make that intended sense clear). Commented Mar 2, 2019 at 14:23

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Yes I think the sentance is correct, however I would remove "in"

I earned $500 less this month.

To give you an exemple you could also say:

I earned $500 less this month than in January.


I'd lose the in, but that's not directly related to your question.

If you use more or less then there has to be something you're comparing things to. That's where the than comes in. However, where that comparator is obvious from context or just from the sentence itself, it can be omitted.


I earned $500 less this month (than I did last month).

I don't take "less" to be an adverb here but a comparative determinative functioning as a modifier in the fused determiner-head noun phrase "$500 less".

It's the kind of comparative construction where one would expect some obligatory reduction in the comparative clause. But here, the reduction has been taken one step further and the entire comparative element has been omitted, but understood to be the bracketed phrase.

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