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    Tim was blamed by his colleagues of his mistake at work. May is Tim's girl friend.

    May said, "Please stop thinking him is a bad person and that he is anything less than entirely dedicated to the company."
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    What is the meaning of he is anything less than entirely dedicated to the company."

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: anything less than entirely

    He is entirely dedicated to the company, and nothing less than entirely dedicated.

    (Tim was blamed for his mistake at work.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: anything less than entirely

    The sentence makes no sense; it needs an 'of' before 'him'. If it was printed like that, along with the rather clumsy zeugma ('thinking [of him...] and [that he is...]) I'm not surprised Ju had trouble with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The sentence makes no sense; it needs an 'of' before 'him'. If it was printed like that, along with the rather clumsy zeugma ('thinking [of him...] and [that he is...]) I'm not surprised Ju had trouble with it.

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    If you put "of" before him, then you also need to change "is" to "as".

    Please stop thinking of him as a bad man ...
    Please stop thinking [that] he is a bad man ...

    Please stop thinking that he is a bad man and [please stop thinking] that he is anything less than entirely dedicated to the company.

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    Default Re: anything less than entirely

    It's either "...thinking he is a bad man" or "...thinking of him as a bad man".

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you put "of" before him, then you also need to change "is" to "as".

    Please stop thinking of him as a bad man ...
    Please stop thinking [that] he is a bad man ...

    Please stop thinking that he is a bad man and [please stop thinking] that he is anything less than entirely dedicated to the company.
    I am sorry, I still don't understand what is the meaning of he is anything less than entirely ?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: anything less than entirely

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I am sorry, I still don't understand what is the meaning of he is anything less than entirely ?
    The whole sentence means, "He is entirely dedicated to the company, and nothing less than entirely dedicated", as Barb said

    "Please stop thinking that he is a bad person and that he is anything less than entirely dedicated to the company."
    "Please stop thinking that he is a bad person and that he is less than 100% dedicated to the company."
    - Don't think that he is 95% dedicated, or 60%, or 45%.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The whole sentence means, "He is entirely dedicated to the company, and nothing less than entirely dedicated", as Barb said

    "Please stop thinking that he is a bad person and that he is anything less than entirely dedicated to the company."
    "Please stop thinking that he is a bad person and that he is less than 100% dedicated to the company."
    - Don't think that he is 95% dedicated, or 60%, or 45%.
    Can I try to make some sentences by using the subject phrase?

    1. He is anything less than entirely devoted to his job.

    2. He is anything less than entirely loving his wife.

    3. He is anything less than entirely missing his girl friends.

    4. He is anything less than entirely hardworking.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Can I try to make some sentences by using the subject phrase?

    1. He is anything less than entirely devoted to his job.

    2. He is anything less than entirely loving his wife.

    3. He is anything less than entirely missing his girl friends.

    4. He is anything less than entirely hardworking.

    Thank you.
    No, they don't work.

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    Default Re: anything less than entirely

    You have to have a negative before 'anything'. Or any of these would work:
    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
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    1. He is nothing less than entirely devoted to his job.

    2. He is nothing less than entirely loving to his wife.

    3. He is nothing less than entirely missing distraught by his girl friend's absence.

    4. He is nothing less than entirely hardworking.

    ...

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