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    Question What's the difference between no less ... than and not less than?

    Here is an english grammar question:
    John is no less hardworking than his sister, but he failed the exam last month.
    in the sentence above, NO less hardworking than means as hardworking as , can I replace it with NOT less hardworking than? i cannot see the difference.

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    Re: What's the difference between no less ... than and not less than?

    I am not a teacher.

    The difference is slight, not to say almost non-existent.

    I see a nuance and would use them as follows:

    "John is no less hardworking than his sister." They are equally hardworking.

    "John is not less hardworking than his sister." He is perhaps more hardworking.

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