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    Could you tell me their meaning of these sentences?
    Because I cannot grab their meaning thoroughly.

    1. She is more of a poet than a novelist.
    2. She is no novelist.

    Thanks, please...

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    Re: more of/no

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Could you tell me their meaning of these sentences?
    Because I cannot grab their meaning thoroughly.

    1. She is more of a poet than a novelist.
    2. She is no novelist.

    Thanks, please...
    1. This can mean one of two things. You could be talking about the style of her writing, saying it's more in the genre of poetry than novels. Or you could be referring to what she spends most time doing. So perhaps she's written a few novels, but most of what she has written (or is best known for writing) is poetry. So she's "more of a poet than a novelist" because poetry gets more of her focus.

    2. "She is no novelist" would probably to emphasise a point about her writing ability. And you can replace "novelist" with other nouns that emphasise the point you're trying to make.

    So for example:
    Q: "Is he a good footballer?"
    A: "Well he's no Lionel Messi, but he's quite good."

    But this structure isn't interchangeable with "she is not a novelist" which is giving information instead.

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