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    There is a sentence: He quotes no less an authority than Confucius with regard to the primal imoportance of food. Food, said the sage, is the first happiness.
    I wonder if it can be interpreted as: He quotes an authority's words. This person is as authoritative as Confucius and he said food is the first happiness.
    But according to some traslation, it seems the sage that is mentioned is just confucius himself.
    Which one is correct understanding? Could you explain? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    There is a sentence: He quotes no less an authority than Confucius with regard to the primal importance of food. Food, said the sage, is the first happiness.
    I wonder if it can be interpreted as: He quotes an authority's words. This person is as authoritative as Confucius and he said food is the first happiness.
    But according to some traslation, it seems the sage that is mentioned is just Confucius himself.
    Which one is correct? Could you explain? Thanks.

    The authority mentioned is Confucius. The person who was quoting did not choose to quote an authority who was less important or well-regarded than Confucius, he actually chose to quote Confucius himself!

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    Default Re: no less an authority than ...

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Chance:

    I think that you have asked a very good question. I can easily see how that sentence might seem ambiguous, especially to

    students.

    I think that if you wanted to compare another authority to Confucius, you would need to write something like:

    "He quotes Ms. Jones, who is no less an authority/ not any less an authority/ not less an authority than

    Master Confucius [is an authority] on this subject."

    Credit: A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language.

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    Thank emsr2d2 and TheParser for your explanation. Now I'm clear. The sentence given for comparison is really helpful.

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