Soo
It is no less..... than are?? “The chemical structure of native human genes is a product of nature, and it is no less a product of nature when that structure is ‘isolated’ from its natural environment than are cotton fibers that have been separated from cotton seeds or coal that has been extracted from the earth,” the brief said. In this sentence, why it is written as 'than are cotton fibers'? Grammatically, I can't understand why subject and verb is reversed in that part.
Feb 4, 2016 9:11 AM
Answers · 4
"no less than" is a formal way to say "just as much as" or "the same as". When you use "no less than", you want to emphasise that A is equal to B even if this is not obvious or when people often think otherwise. There are some situations where there is subject / verb inversion in a statement. The purpose is to express emphasis in a formal way. e.g. "Only by studying every day will you master another language." = You will master another language only if you study every day. In your case, the sentence is actually quite clumsily structured and hard to follow. There is no real need for "are", in any case, as it would be implied.
February 4, 2016
"it is no less a product of nature when that structure is ‘isolated’ from its natural environment than are cotton fibers that have been separated from cotton seeds or coal" is a comparison using than it sounds like.
February 4, 2016
Still haven’t found your answers?
Write down your questions and let the native speakers help you!
Soo
Language Skills
English, Korean
Learning Language
English