Structures with least and left
At least means ‘not less than (but perhaps more than)’. Note that at least is written as two words.
- ‘How old is he?’ ‘At least forty.’
- I phoned him at least six times.
- She has acted in at least twelve films.
- I have written at least ten letters since morning.
- You have eaten at least fifteen chocolates.
- She has lost at least $2000.
- At least twenty people died in the crash.
At least can also be used as a discourse marker.
- Ghosts don’t exist. At least, I haven’t seen one.
- The car was completely damaged in the crash. But at least nobody was hurt.
Not in the least
Not in the least means not at all.
- I was not in the least amused by her antics. (= I was not at all amused by her antics.)
- She is not in the least worried about her safety. (= She is not at all worried about her safety.)
- She is not in the least interested in the proposal.
Left can mean ‘remaining’, ‘not used’ or ‘still there’.
- I haven’t got any money left. (= I haven’t got any money that I can spend.)
- What did you do with the money that was left?
- There is some milk left.
- We haven’t got any rice left.
Note that left goes at the end of the structure.