If a tire doesn't have enough air, is it common to use "less air"? Like my mom is driving,so she says:

I guess the tires have less air.

Is the use of "less" natural?

  • I can't imagine ever talking about the air in that context: I would talk about the pressure.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 16:52

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Saying the tires have "less air" needs some comparison:

The tires have less air than they should have.

The tires have less air than recommended.

Alternatively, it is quite usual to say

The tires are underinflated.

As given in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

not sufficiently inflated


No, at least not your intended meaning.

It is correct and natural however, but that statement would mean that tires have less air than something else, and given that you said driving I would assume you are comparing them to the tires on another car you have driven recently.

  • So won't it mean "I guess the tires don't have enough air"? Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 16:52
  • @It'saboutEnglish No. It just means they have less. I would probably assume they still have enough unless you specifically said "The tires don't have enough air."
    – firedraco
    Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 18:20

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