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**‘The least’ vs ‘the lowest’**

*The over-75s earned***the least.***The over-75s were***the lowest earners.***The number/pecentage of people in the over-75 category was***the lowest.**

* Lowest* is the superlative of

*which*

**low****can**be used to describe

**number**and

**percentage.**

* Least *is the superlative of

**which**

*less***cannot**be used to describe number.

* Least *is more often used to describe

**adjectives and adverbs.**

**OK:** a low number, the lower number, the lowest number

**NOT OK:** less number, the least number*

*except in certain specific contexts

**‘less’ and ‘the least’**

*Plastic bags COST less than biodegradable ones.*

*Paper bags COST the LEAST.*

*Paper bags are the LEAST expensive.*

**Common mistakes**

Can you correct these?

*1. *Married women without children are the less represented.*

*2. *The percentage of single women was the largest among the four categories whereas the proportion of married women with children was the least.*

*3. *Turning now to the least producers – Canada and France – which generated energy 600 billion-kWh of energy.*

##### Answers

*1. Married women without children are the least represented.*

*2. The percentage of single women was the largest among the four categories whereas the proportion of married women with children was the least lowest/smallest.*

*3. Turning now to the countries which produced the LEAST energy – Canada and France – which generated energy 600 billion-kWh of energy.*

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