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    Default "a mere month & a half"

    "a mere month & a half"

    It is amazing that all this has taken place a mere month and a half after Morsi took office.

    Does it mean not more a month & a half? In other words, it means it didn't reach a month & a half.



    mere adj - definition in American English Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionary Online

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    Default Re: "a mere month & a half"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    It is amazing that all this has taken place a mere month and a half after Morsi took office.

    Does it mean not more a month & a half? In other words, it means it didn't reach a month & a half.
    No. 'Not more than' does not necessarily imply 'less than'. 'Mere' never implies 'less than'.

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    Default Re: "a mere month & a half"

    It emphasizes the smallness of the number.
    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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