let alone : Common Errors in English

About let alone

“I can’t remember the title of the book we were supposed to read, let alone the details of the story.” In sentences like these you give a lesser example of something first, followed by “let alone” and then the greater example. But people often get this backwards, and put the greater example first. The same pattern is followed when the expression is “much less”: “I can’t change the oil in my car, much less tune the engine.” The speaker can much less well tune the engine than he or she can change the oil.Another common expression which follows the same pattern uses “never mind,” as in “I can’t afford to build a tool shed, never mind a new house.”See also “.”

let alone Meaning(s)

  • (r) much less

let alone in News

  1. Ugly Valley Boys making sweet old-time music

    Ugly Valley Boys making sweet old-time music by Stephen Speckman Special To The Tribune Published Jun 12, 2013 07:31PM MDT Ryan Eastlyn and Braxton Brandenburg never intended to form a band or cut a record, let alone play live shows. In fact, Brandenburg didn’t play a musical instrument when the two met six years ago. But Eastlyn, 39, and Brandenburg, 33, who at times look as if they just ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. CRTC to ask Canadians for help in adapting TV regulations to the internet era

    The CRTC is eager to shake the cobwebs from Canada's TV regulations, many of which got their start before cable arrived, let alone Netflix or YouTube. Accordingly, it's planning a round of consultations in the fall that will ask both the public and the industry what rules they want to change. Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais expects the discussion to center around the CRTC's approach to internet ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Engadget

  3. Chaotic Libya struggles to maintain oil output

    By Marie-Louise Gumuchian TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya is struggling to keep its oil output stable - let alone increase it - as protests cut crude exports in the sector that supplies 95 percent of state revenue. In the past year, disgruntled Libyans have protested at oilfields and export ports, clouding initial optimism over a speedy return to output levels of nearly 1.6 million barrels per day ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

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