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    the relative positions of "as small as" and "no bigger than"

    Hi,

    Please compare the two sentences below ("Eohippus" was the first horse):

    (1) The first camel was as small as Eohippus (no bigger than a cat).
    (2) The first camel was no bigger than Eohippus (as small as a cat).

    Do you think (2) sounds strange (or doesn't work)?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

    My question is based on this:
    The first camel was Protylopus (pro-TiLL-o-pus).
    It lived during the Eocene Epoch; it was as small as Eohippus (no bigger than a cat),
    had short limbs, and four-toed feet.
    (M. Keen and D. D. Wolf, How and Why Wonder Book of Prehistoric Mammals)
    And in the previous context, it was described as being "not much" bigger than a cat.

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    Re: the relative positions of "as small as" and "no bigger than"

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    Hi,

    Please compare the two sentences below ("Eohippus" was the first horse):

    (1) The first camel was as small as Eohippus (no bigger than a cat).
    (2) The first camel was no bigger than Eohippus (as small as a cat).

    Do you think (2) sounds strange (or doesn't work)?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

    My question is based on this:
    The first camel was Protylopus (pro-TiLL-o-pus).
    It lived during the Eocene Epoch; it was as small as Eohippus (no bigger than a cat),
    had short limbs, and four-toed feet.
    (M. Keen and D. D. Wolf, How and Why Wonder Book of Prehistoric Mammals)
    And in the previous context, it was described as being "not much" bigger than a cat.
    Yes, 2 sounds OK. Is something is as small as a cat, it is no bigger than a cat, and vice versa.
    However, it can't be both "as small as a cat" and also "not much bigger than a cat". It can be "almost as small as a cat" and "not much bigger than a cat."

    PS: Nor can it be both "no bigger than a cat" and "not much bigger than a cat".

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    Re: the relative positions of "as small as" and "no bigger than"

    Dear Raymott,
    I appreciate your help and comments.

    Seiichi MYOGA

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