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Is the に in 以上に mandatory in the following context?

In short, you cannot remove に from 以上に here. The sentence below would be ungrammatical: *外国人が日本人以上すばらしい俳句を表現することもあります The sentence below would be fine and would mean more or less the same as the 以上に ...
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Difference between 少し [sukoshi] and 少なく [sukunaku]?

少なく is a te-/continuative form of the adjective 少ない. Although te-form works adverbially for most adjectives, it is not the case with 少ない. So when you want to say a little/a few adverbially, it should ...
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