Which of the following statement is grammatica...

Which of the following statement is grammatically correct :

(A) You are lesser wise than your father.

(B) In the epidemic many a man perished.

(C) The whole U.P. went to the polls.

(D) I possess few cows, only four or five.

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siddhartha mishra siddharthami 24 Oct 2016 02:20 pm

why not C?? i think its gramatically correct.

Sumit Verma sumitverma 24 Oct 2016 03:24 pm

Before a proper noun 'the whole' is followed by 'of' .  With Plural common nouns we use 'whole'.  But with the singular common noun we use 'the whole'.
The whole U.P. went to the polls.  ✘
The whole of U.P. went to the polls.  ✔

Pratyush Madhukar pratyush 25 Oct 2016 12:12 am

What is wrong with D?

Sumit Verma sumitverma 25 Oct 2016 12:28 am

 (A) 'Less' is used both as an Adjective and as an Adverb, whereas 'Lesser' is used as an Adjective.
You are lesser wise than your father.  ✘
You are less wise than your father.  ✔
Inflation is the less evil of the two - smuggling and inflation.  ✘
Inflation is the lesser evil of the two - smuggling and inflation.  ✔

(B) Many - Many a: 'Many a' is followed by a singular noun (many a time) and a singular verb and 'Many' is followed by a Plural noun (many times )and a plural verb.  But we follow the normal rule with 'A' good many'.  Here the rule of ' many a ' doesn't apply.
In the epidemic many a men perished.  ✘
In the epidemic many a man perished.  ✔
I witnessed a good many man in the court.  ✘
I witnessed a good many men in the court.  ✔

(C) Before a proper noun 'the whole' is followed by 'of' .  With Plural common nouns we use 'whole'.  But with the singular common noun we use 'the whole'.
The whole U.P. went to the polls.  ✘
The whole of U.P. went to the polls.  ✔

(D) 'Few' means 'almost nil' or negligible' number.  It is used in signifying numbers.  'A few' signifies 'at least some'.  Whenever particular emphasis is brought upon something, we use 'the few'.
 I possess few cows, only four or five.  ✘
 I posses a few cows, only four or five.  ✔

Pratyush Madhukar pratyush 25 Oct 2016 12:48 am

When only "few" is used, it has a negative meaning.

Here (D) could mean, I possess hardly any cows, only four or five.

So it would depend on the connotation speaker is having.

http://www.perfectyourenglish.com/usage/few-little.htm