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Jens
2007-Nov-24, 12:00 PM
I wonder if anybody has an idea of how to describe the different between "no more than" and "not more than". There is one clear difference, that "no more than" is sometimes used idiomatically to mean "merely". You can say "He had no more than touched the door..." but can't say "he had not more than touched the door." "Not more than" seems to be used exclusively to refer to a quantity.

Any other ideas?

darkhunter
2007-Nov-24, 05:32 PM
No more than = upper limit

Not less than = lower limit

Gillianren
2007-Nov-24, 07:15 PM
No more than = upper limit

Not less than = lower limit

Yes, but that's not the question being asked.

When "not" is correct, "no" is also correct. However, when "no" is correct, "not" is not always correct. I know that "not" is the one used in legal documents.

Jeff Root
2007-Nov-24, 08:25 PM
So, if I'm writing an illegal document, I should use "no".

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis