They can't do X, let alone Y!
December 11, 2017 10:10 PM Subscribe
I've always known the sentence structure of "they can't do X, let alone Y" to have X be the more general or smallest-step version of Y - for instance, "they can't even afford 1 book let alone buy the whole library!" or "they can't even tolerate the weakest beer, how can they tolerate moonshine". However, I sometimes see people swap X and Y around to the point that it bugs me. Am I wrong?