'not much less... than' equals 'much more... than'?

wc34071209

Member
Chinese
Hello,

Does 'much less... than' equal 'much more... than'?

1.There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

2.There is much more vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.

Do the two sentences above express the same meaning?

Thanks a lot.
 
  • cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    No, not at all.

    In the first sentence, there is a certain amount of vexation in managing a state, and slightly less in governing a private family.

    In the second sentence, there is again a certain amount of vexation in managing a state, however there is much more in governing a private family.

    The difference is as simple as that between "slightly less" (less, but not by much) and "much more" (more, and by a long way).
     
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