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    Doubts on "anything and no less...than"

    I would be much obliged if you could explain the actual meanings of the following sentences to me:

    (i) They are anything from seven to fifteen years younger than you.
    (ii) She was no less a person than the notorious Empress Dowager, who squandered the war fund for an exquisite garden for her own enjoyment.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Doubts on "anything and no less...than"

    1 isn't very natural to me, but they are somewhere in the age range of 7 years younger than you to as young as 15 years younger than you.


    2 says that it was the Dowager Empress, who is a very important person (just in case you thought the person being discussed was someone not very important).

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    Re: Doubts on "anything and no less...than"

    [quote=Barb_D;472417]1 isn't very natural to me, but they are somewhere in the age range of 7 years younger than you to as young as 15 years younger than you.


    2 says that it was the Dowager Empress, who is a very important person (just in case you thought the person being discussed was someone not very important).(Does "she" mean the "Dowager Empress" or is "she"(A) just another person being compared with the Dowager Empress (B)?)[/quote]
    Thanks again, Barb_D.

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    Re: Doubts on "anything and no less...than"

    As I understand it, she = The Dowager Empress

    This is a somewhat old-fashioned way of writing.

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    Re: Doubts on "anything and no less...than"

    1. Should perhaps read "They are anywhere from...."

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