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    #1

    no more than

    Have a look at this:
    (1) There is room for no more than three cars. (OALD)

    I know that "no more than" here refers to the largest possible number of cars that the space can accommodate, but what else can work in the sense conveyed by "no more than"?

    Instead of "no more than," we can use
    (a) only (b) as few as (c) at most (d) up to.

    I think (a) and (d) will be OK.
    Do you agree?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA
    Last edited by Seiichi MYOGA; 05-Jul-2009 at 13:08. Reason: typo

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    Re: no more than

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    Have a look at this:
    (1) There is room for no more than three cars. (OALD)

    I know that "no more than" here refers to the largest possible number of cars that the space can accomodate, but what else can work in the sense conveyed by "no more than"?

    Instead of "no more than," we can use
    (a) only (b) as few as (c) at most (d) up to.

    I think (a) and (d) will be OK.
    Do you agree?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA
    Yes, I agree with a) and d), c) is ok as well.

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    #3

    Re: no more than

    Dear bhaisahab,

    I appreciate your help and comments.

    I think I now understand what "no more than" may mean when the focus is on going up a scale (e.g. starting from zero up to three).

    Seiichi MYOGA

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