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    Default 'BY no means' and ' not by any means'

    Hi to all

    I am glad to be back.

    I have a question about this phrase; by no means.
    in the dictionary it means; not at all, but I did not got, as in this sentnce:
    "It is by no means certain that we'll finish the project by June"

    Cany you explain it to me !!??


    Thanks alot

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    Default Re: 'BY no means' and ' not by any means'

    It means that there is a good chance that the project will not be finished.

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    Default Re: 'BY no means' and ' not by any means'

    See this sentence;


    'This was by no means used consistently' as I understand the sentence meant;
    this was not used in the all situations.
    And in the first sentence "It is by no means certain that we'll finish the project by June", I think the meaning will be; that we are not certain or we are not sure that we will finish the project by June.
    So, the meaning of ' by no means in the dictionary is ; not at all, if we repalced in the last two sentences , we will get nagative meaning as I said ,

    what do you think Tdol!!?,
    actually I am still confusing.


    Regards

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    Default Re: 'BY no means' and ' not by any means'

    Quote Originally Posted by zaed_salah
    See this sentence;
    'This was by no means used consistently' as I understand the sentence meant;
    this was not used in the all situations.
    And in the first sentence "It is by no means certain that we'll finish the project by June", I think the meaning will be; that we are not certain or we are not sure that we will finish the project by June.
    So, the meaning of ' by no means in the dictionary is ; not at all, if we repalced in the last two sentences , we will get nagative meaning as I said ,
    what do you think Tdol!!?,
    actually I am still confusing.
    Regards

    The meaning of the sentence is : It is certain that we will not finish the project by June. "By no means" emphazises the idea of not being capable to finish the project by June, or
    "We [undoubtedly] won`t be able to finish the project by June."/ There is no doubt : we cannot finish the project..."


    Regards,

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    Default Re: 'BY no means' and ' not by any means'

    Thank you very much Sheena

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    Default Re: 'BY no means' and ' not by any means'

    by no means
    In no sense; certainly not:could use to emphasize something
    the simple meaning of the sentence is "It is not certain that ......."

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