Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 6 months ago

May the phrase "not that" be a misprint for "note that" here?

"James had no interest in pursuing alliances with either Persians or Ottomans; his primary aim was peace with Spain, which left Sherley with little diplomatic leverage (not that his increasingly erratic behaviour left him much of that anyway)."

4 Answers

  • 6 months ago
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    "Not that" is correct in this sentence. Meaning - although.


  • ?
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

     No, it is not a misprint. The writer is simply commenting that Sherley's erratic behaviour would have necessarily lessened his standing in diplomatic circles because no-one would have trusted him.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    In this instance, no, it doesn't seem like a misprint. Given the parenthetical reference, I'd interpret not that as ruling out or excluding.

  • 6 months ago

    If you mean the "not that his behavior left him much anyway" phrase, it is definitely supposed to be NOT.

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