# Thread: "as many as" and capacity

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## "as many as" and capacity

Do you think we can also use "as many as" instead of "no more than" without making any significant difference in meaning?

(1) There is room for no more than three cars. (OALD)

The sentence is talking about capacity or the upper limit for cars that the space can accommodate. But "three" seems a little bit small in number.

Even so, can we use "as many as"?

Seiichi MYOGA

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## Re: "as many as" and capacity

Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA
Do you think we can also use "as many as" instead of "no more than" without making any significant difference in meaning?

(1) There is room for no more than three cars. (OALD)

The sentence is talking about capacity or the upper limit for cars that the space can accommodate. But "three" seems a little bit small in number.

Even so, can we use "as many as"?

Seiichi MYOGA
I don’t think “as many as” is an appropriate substitute for “no more than”, because, as many as is used to emphasize how surprisingly large a number is. Example:
As many as 10000 civilians are estimated to have fled the area.
She has as many as seven sisters
Take as many as you please.
So no more than is the correct and exact phrase for the sentence
Last edited by sarat_106; 09-Jul-2009 at 05:46.

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