No more vs not more

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Natalie

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Can you please guide me? I'm looking for the rule how to use constructions 'no more than' and 'not more than' (if the last one is acceptable)...
 
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jameshiggott

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As far as I can gather there is no real distinction...just whichever sounds best. I tried both phrases in google and could find no example on the web that demanded using one rather than the other.
 
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Natalie

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Thank you very much, James. I looked through some books and on-line grammar manuals and didn't find anything.
 

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I don't see any real difference, but I think no more than is probably more common.

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Natalie

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Hello RonBee,

Thank you for the input. And what if I have to use this construction in a command like

'Take no more than a teaspoon of...'
OR
'Take not more than a teaspoon of...'

Will this addition change anything? I'm sorry, English is not my native language, so I don't feel it...

Thank you again!
 

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You could say either, though I would probably use the first more often. ;-)
 

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What Tdol said.

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