In English, many adjectives support the -er ending to express a notion of exceeding:
- John is taller than Mary (is).
- Mary is smarter than John (is).
Of course, you can also have the more analytic construction:
- Mary is more intelligent than John (is).
But with the notion of "does not exceed", less, only the analytic form is available:
- John is less smart than Mary is.
- John is less intelligent than Mary is.
Does any language express the less form using bound morphology the way we do with -er in (1) and (2)?