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    How the phrase 'None more so than' works?

    Hello Friends,


    I am making a quest into the usage of 'none more so than', 'no more than', 'any more than' and no less than' phrases.



    1) Following is the excerpt from the book, 'China : A history' authored by John Keay.



    ...So the rise of a new dynasty was heralded by a rash of favorable omen, none more so than the excavation of some hoary artefact.


    Can this sentence be interpreted as:

    ..So the rise of a new dynasty was no more heralded by a rash of favorable omen than the excavation of some hoary artefact.
    or

    Not any favorable omen heralded the rise of a new dynasty more than the excavation of some hoary artefact.

    or

    A rash of favorable omen hrealded the rise of a new dynasty as much as the the excavation of some hoary artefact did.


    If these interpretations are correct, is it legitimate to state the following:

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    China's history is so essential to master at that no student of history should ignore it, none more so than the history of India.

    can be paraphrased as:

    China's history is as essential to explore as is the history of India.

    I am not certain the function of ...none more so than pharse. Could anyone please explain it?


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    Sabya

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    Re: How the phrase 'None more so than' works?

    It means "none of the cases known is as maximal as" or "No case is larger than" or "This is the largest example..."

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    Re: How the phrase 'None more so than' works?

    Try:
    So the rise of a new dynasty was heralded by a rash of favorable omen, the best example being the excavation of some hoary artefact.
    The other would be better as:
    China's history is so essential to master at that no student of history should ignore it, no more so than you should ignore the history of India.
    (The paraphrased sentence is better than the original.)


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    Re: How the phrase 'None more so than' works?

    Quote Originally Posted by sabyakgp View Post
    I am not certain the function of ...none more so than pharse. Could anyone please explain it?
    No, you haven't quite got it yet.
    Here are some simple examples:
    A lot of people here like to argue: none more so than X.
    This means that X likes to argue more than anyone here. Y likes to argue, and Z and A also like to argue; but none of them like to argue so much (as much) as X does - 'none more so than X'.

    A lot of tenors sweat when they sing, none more so than Pavarotti. (Pavarotti sweats more than any other tenor when he sings).

    The history of many countries is fascinating, though none more so than India's.
    (India's history is the most fascinating of any country.)

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    Re: How the phrase 'None more so than' works?

    Thanks a lot Raymott, konungursvia

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    Re: How the phrase 'None more so than' works?

    Note:
    It should be:
    a rash of favorable omens

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