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    RobMasters is offline Junior Member
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    Re: fewer no less

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, that's it! To make logical/mathematical sense, it should say "500, no more."
    "No more" isn't a flowing colloquialism! Also it doesn't make sense. It actually means the opposite.

    "He had shot down 270 planes, no less!'

    (He had shot down 270 planes, no more!)


    Reminds me of the story from The Moon's a Balloon.

    David Niven was working with Fritz Laing (?) who, although German, prided (prouderized?) himself on his grasp of English. He was also notoriously paranoid. One day he noticed Niven with his head together with his co-star and Laing, assuming they where whispering about him, sprang to intervene.

    Hey you - I know you are talking about me. You think I don't know." He paused to collect his colloquial speech . . . "You think I know f*ck nothing. But I tell you - I know f*ck all!"

    Same thrust with .... "270, no more!" - it actually means something quite different from your intention.

    English - funny old language, innit.

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    Re: fewer no less

    "No more" isn't a flowing colloquialism!
    I never said it was. I said using "no less" as a flowing colloquialism is a poor choice of expressions when you are talking about numerical values and you actually mean "no more" numerically.

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    Re: fewer no less

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, that's it! To make logical/mathematical sense, it should say "500, no more."
    I'm astonished you censored my reply which disagreed with the last post. I shall be more aware in future . . .
    R

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