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    anything more than

    Few novelists over 80 are able to produce anything more than desiccated works--boring shadows of former books.

    What is the meaning of "anything more than"?
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    #2

    Re: anything more than

    Always tell us the source and author of any text you quote, please, theol.

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    Re: anything more than

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Always tell us the source and author of any text you quote, please, theol.
    from the website below

    https://gre.magoosh.com/flashcards/v...s-6/desiccated

    desiccated

    adjective: uninteresting, lacking vitality

    Few novelists over 80 are able to produce anything more than desiccated works--boring shadows of former books.
    This word has other definitions but this is the most important one to study

    just copied all of it from the website

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    Re: anything more than

    Quote Originally Posted by theol View Post
    "Few novelists over 80 are able to produce anything more than desiccated works--boring shadows of former books."

    What is the meaning of "anything more than"?
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    I don't know "dessicated" but the context tells you what's intended. Anybody over eighty is washed up as a writer. They don't have what it takes.

    anything more than - not better than

    We get the meaning from the entire text moreso than individual phrases. That's definitely true in this case.
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    Re: anything more than

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I don't know "dessicated" but the context tells you what's intended. Anybody over eighty is washed up as a writer. They don't have what it takes.

    anything more than - not better than

    We get the meaning from the entire text moreso than individual phrases. That's definitely true in this case.
    For this part of the sentence "Few novelists over 80 are able to produce anything more than desiccated works"
    Does it mean "Only few 80 year-old novelists can produce more interesting works but not desiccated works"?

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    Re: anything more than

    Quote Originally Posted by theol View Post
    For this part of the sentence "Few novelists over 80 are able to produce anything more than desiccated works"
    Does it mean "Only few 80 year-old novelists can produce more interesting works but not desiccated works"?
    No.

    It means that most novelists over 80 can produce only desiccated works. Few can produce anything else.
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    Re: anything more than

    Very basically, desiccated means 'low quality' and more means 'of higher quality'.

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