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    "no more than"

    We learned the pattern "A no more than B" in grammar class.
    For example.
    Science fiction is written for scientists no more than ghost stories are for ghosts.

    However, can "no more than" be placed anywhere in this sentence without changing the meaning?

    1.Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are for ghosts.
    2. No more is science fiction written for scientists than ghost stories are for ghosts.
    3. No more science fiction is written for scientists than ghost stories are for ghosts.
    Are they the same? And, are there other ways?

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    Re: "no more than"

    Quote Originally Posted by setpyal View Post
    We learned the pattern "A no more than B" in grammar class.
    For example.
    0. Science fiction is written for scientists no more than ghost stories are for ghosts.

    However, can "no more than" be placed anywhere in this sentence without changing the meaning? No, it can't.

    1.Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are for ghosts. This is the best sentence and the only one I would use, including 'sentence 0.'

    2. No more is science fiction written for scientists than ghost stories are for ghosts. I wouldn't say this, although it probably would be taken to mean the same as 1.

    3. No more science fiction is written for scientists than ghost stories are for ghosts. Here "no more" refers to the amount of science fiction written for scientists.
    Are they the same? And, are there other ways?
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    Re: "no more than"

    Thank you for your help. Another question. If the order is changed, does the sentence have the same meaning?

    Ghost stories are for ghosts no more than science fiction is written for scientists.

    Is this correct grammar also?

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    Re: "no more than"

    Quote Originally Posted by setpyal View Post
    Thank you for your help. Another question. If the order is changed, does the sentence have the same meaning?

    Ghost stories are for ghosts no more than science fiction is written for scientists.

    Is this correct grammar also? No, at least the meaning is not the same. You didn't just change the word order; the above sentence doesn't specify that the ghost stories were written.
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