One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to indicate that something is far less likely, possible, or suitable than something else already mentioned.‘he was incapable of leading a bowling team, let alone a country’
- ‘Who on earth would be prepared, let alone equipped to take on such a challenge?’
- ‘After a long search he came to the conclusion that he cannot afford to rent a home in Epsom, let alone buy one.’
- ‘There is barely enough demand in Scotland to keep one film studio in business, let alone two.’
- ‘He has the unenviable task of promoting a product that few want to think about, let alone buy.’
- ‘He is suffering from a ghastly disease for which there is no treatment, let alone a cure.’
- ‘It gets so crowded here in high summer that there's often no room to sit down, let alone lay out a towel.’
- ‘There was a chance that he might not be able to breathe for himself or swallow, let alone walk or talk again.’
- ‘At the time he had no idea how to start a business, let alone find the financial backing to realise his dream.’
- ‘In Scotland we can have a range of weather conditions in one hour, let alone one day.’
- ‘I don't want to share the same room with her and the hounds, let alone a mortgage.’
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