I have a question about the word-usage of "less." Does the sentence "This winter is less cold than last one." make sense?
I have a question about the word-usage of "less". Does the sentence ...
- This winter is less cold than last one.
... make sense?
The example sentence is fine - regarding less. However, there is a small problem though with "one". The word one here is not a pronoun ( - although there is a pronoun one as well). The word one is a countable noun. Here, one is singular, and singular countable nouns in English must have a determiner. Determiners are words like:
- a, the, this, that, my, your, no, one, two ... , John 's and so forth.
Here we need the because everybody understands which year we are talking about. So the Original Poster's sentence would be perfect like this:
- This winter is less cold than the last one.
Hope this helps!
There is nothing grammatically wrong with 'less cold than', but I think many native speakers would say 'not so/as cold as'.