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    Default no more than three things

    Doesn't this mean "only three things" not "not more than three things = 1 or 2 or 3"? So isn't the distinction between "no more than" and "not more than" clear?

    gu66)People are able to concentrate on several items at a time if those items are of the same color, according to research. That's why players at major sporting events wear identical uniforms. It enables the spectators to overcome human' natural limit of tracking no more than three things at once...

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    no more than three thing at once means 1 or 2 or 3 and i think there is no distinction. they are the same.

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    I don't think so, they are different!

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    Hi, these two phrases are often seen in the examinations.

    Yes. "no more than" is "only" and "not more than" is "as much as"

    I have no less than $5,000 today.( = I have as much as $5,000 today.)
    We had no less than / no fewer than 250 guests at the party.( = We had as many as 250 guests at the party.)

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    Quote Originally Posted by death View Post
    "no more than three things at once" means 1 or 2 or 3 and i think there is no distinction. they are the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I don't think so, they are different!
    No, they aren't. "No more than three" means 0, 1, 2 or 3.

    "Not more than three" means 0, 1, 2 or 3.

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    Are you sure? If what you said is true, I have been interpreting so many "no more than" wrong so far.

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    What do you think "no more than three" means?

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    "Only three", but some Americans seem to think it as same as "not more than", which gives me the idea of variety or diversity of language.

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    Default Re: no more than three things

    Where did you get the idea that it means "only three?" The language sets an upper limit.

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