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“…not less controversy in it but more." vs "…not less but more controversy in it." Are both correct?

English Language & Usage Asked by Pindopio on September 28, 2020

I can think of two variants of this sentence, which are intended to have the same meaning:

  1. There was not less controversy in it but more.
  2. There was not less but more controversy in it.

In the adduced sentences, it refers to science .

I’m not sure which of them is correct.

One Answer

As for quantum theory, there was not less controversy in it, but more.

As for quantum theory, there was not less, but more, controversy.

Insertion of a comma makes the meaning of the first clearer, and preferable because it brings controversy (which is the object) to attention earlier in the reading of the sentence. I believe both are grammatically acceptable.

Answered by Anton on September 28, 2020

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