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    Meaning of "no more...than..."?

    Hi everyone,

    I find it difficult to understand the meaning of the sentence structure like this:

    Conrad is no more completely English in his art than he is in his nationality.

    May I get some help?
    Thank you!

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    Re: Meaning of "no more...than..."?

    The passage assumes knowledge of the fact that although Joseph Conrad wrote in English he was neither an Englishman nor a native speaker of English. The author claims that, just as Conrad was not English by nationality, so his fiction is not like the writing that would have been produced by a true Englishman or native speaker.

    It seems to me a very difficult claim to prove.

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    Re: Meaning of "no more...than..."?

    Quote Originally Posted by thincat View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I find it difficult to understand the meaning of the sentence structure like this:

    Conrad is no more completely English in his art than he is in his nationality.

    May I get some help?
    Thank you!
    The structure is "Conrad is no more X than Y". It's a comparison, though your title tends to indicate that you do understand the structure of "no more ... than ...." "English" has been ellipsed out of the second clause. "Conrad is no more completely English in his art than he is completely English in his nationality."


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