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    #1

    no less than/as much as

    This time, imagine you're reading a book for pleasure. Just three more pages and you're done!



    I'm wondering how to say it (a) when you positively think that there are still three pages you can enjoy and conversely (b) when you think negatively that there are only three pages you can enjoy.



    (1) I have [no less than / as much as] three pages for reading.

    (2) I have merely [*no less than / as much as ] three pages left for reading.


    My prediction is that for (a), we can use (1) but that for (b),(2) is OK only if we keep "merely" and choose "as much as."

    Do you agree?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA
    Last edited by Seiichi MYOGA; 05-Jul-2009 at 15:03.

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    #2

    Re: no less than/as much as

    I've still got 3 pages to savor. :)
    I've only got 3 pages left to enjoy. :(

    I wouldn't say "merely" or any of your other choices.

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    #3

    Re: no less than/as much as

    Dear Barb_D,

    I appreciate your help and comments.

    So, "left" is a good friend of "only." I've missed this collocation.

    Seiichi MYOGA

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    Re: no less than/as much as

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    Dear Barb_D,

    I appreciate your help and comments.

    So, "left" is a good friend of "only." I've missed this collocation.

    Seiichi MYOGA
    It's very common. Only one day/week/month left etc.

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