Suppose that

  1. A is bigger than B
  2. B is bigger than C

Now, is it fine if I say,

Compared to A, B is less bigger than C?

If so, in this context, can I remove the first part in the almost formal settings like an academic writing?

B is less bigger than C?

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    I've never heard those usages. If I wanted to say what you said in your highlighted sentence, I would say "Compared to A, B is bigger than C by a smaller amount.", or more simply, "A is bigger than B, which is bigger than C." May 18, 2020 at 20:02
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    You could say Compared to A, B is only slightly bigger than C. Or any of these: Both A and B are bigger than C. But compared to A, B is only slightly bigger.; While both A and B are bigger than C, the difference between A and C is much greater than the difference between B and C.
    – AIQ
    May 18, 2020 at 20:54

1 Answer 1


No, you may not modify a comparative adjective in this way.

However, in mathematics, we write C < B < A, which could be read in a number of ways:

  1. C is smaller than B, which is smaller than A.

  2. A is larger than B, which is larger than C.

  3. B lies between A and C.

Depending on the context, any of these could work.

Hope this helps!

  • Thanks for your answer, it surely does. I was curious to know!
    – Cardinal
    May 18, 2020 at 23:20
  • @Cardinal Glad to help! If this answered your question, it would be much appreciated if you would accept it :) May 18, 2020 at 23:22
  • Yes sure, I usually accept the answer to my questions after a day or so.
    – Cardinal
    May 18, 2020 at 23:27
  • No problem, but thanks anyway! May 18, 2020 at 23:29

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