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"Lesser" is an adjective which is often translated as "menor", and "less" is an adverb which is often translated as "menos". Learn more about the difference between "lesser" and "less" below.
lesser
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. menor
Students' participation will depend, to a greater or lesser extent, on how much free time they have.La participación de los alumnos dependerá, en mayor o menor grado, del tiempo libre del que dispongan.
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less(
lehs
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (to indicate a smaller amount)
a. menos
Your neighbor's dog has less hair than yours.El perro de tu vecino tiene menos pelo que el tuyo.
2. (to a lesser degree)
a. menos
Don't think less of me for acting that way.No pienses menos de mi por actuar de esa manera.
3. (mathematics)
a. menos
Ten less seven is three.Diez menos siete son tres.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
4. (fewer)
a. menos
I have less than thirty dollars.Tengo menos de treinta dólares.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
5. (to indicate a subtraction)
a. menos
The total comes to $200, less the discount.El total sale en $200, menos el descuento.
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