I'd expect no less (from you)

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Hi teachers,

I heard this expression but I don't really understand the usage.

I'd expect no less.

I'd expect no less from you.

I'd expect no less of that from you.

Would you show me some examples?

Thanks

Tinanam
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Since it is a rather independent fixed phrase, you will not find it tied into very different kinds of structures.

Readers of the 2050s should expect no less of Independent School when it is long past the century mark.

You should expect no less from a group that preaches minimal environmental interference.

...parents should expect no less from poorer inner-city schools.

From you, my boy, I expect no less than the completely preposterous and utterly calamitous.

We can expect no less of our educational system in times of critical social unrest,
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Hi Mister Micawber,

Thanks for your examples. I still have a few questions.

Mister Micawber1.....parents should expect no less from poorer inner-city schools.

2.From you, my boy, I expect no less than the completely preposterous and utterly calamitous.

1. Does it mean "Just because these inner-city schools are relatively poorer, doesn't mean the parents should expect less educational system."?

2. For the second one, does that mean the speaker expects his boy will act out and to the least degree would be preposterous and utterly calamitous?

3. Is "I expect no less" used to compare two persons, things?

For example: Two sons, John is smart, Tom is average. Usually Tom gets C or D. If Tom gets a B+ in an exam, and it would be natural for a father to expect better result from John. Would it be correct for the father to say to John: I'd expect no less of an A- from you. Because John has to top his brother Tom. (I'm sorry I hope I phrased it better for you to understand my question.)

Thanks again.

Tinanam

1. Does it mean "Just because these inner-city schools are relatively poorer, doesn't mean the parents should expect less educational system."?-- Along those lines, yes, but there is no detail in the excerpt of what precisely is expected: it could be that they expect physical protection against violence, for instance, or a nutritious lunch.

2. For the second one, does that mean the speaker expects his boy will act out and to the least degree would be preposterous and utterly calamitous?- Yes, essentially.

3. Is "I expect no less" used to compare two persons, things? -- No, not really, though there is a comparison built into 'less' of course. 'No less (than)' = at least.
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tinanam0102For example: Two sons, John is smart, Tom is average. Usually Tom gets C or D. If Tom gets a B+ in an exam, and it would be natural for a father to expect better result from John. Would it be correct for the father to say to John: I'd expect no less of an A- from you. Because John has to top his brother Tom.

Hi Mister Micawber,

I'm I forgot to ask if the example where the father says: I'd expect no less of an A- from you, John. Is this usage correct in the text?

Thanks

Tinanam

I'd expect no less than an A- from you, John. Is this usage correct in the text?-- That sentence is fine, but it has nothing to do with the other brother. Look at the definition I just gave you before, Tinanam: no less than = at least. The latter can replace the former perfectly in your sentence: 'I'd expect at least an A- from you, John. This can be said to an only child. 'Least' is also a superlative, but 3 children are not being compared! 'Least'= the minimum score. 'No less than' = 'the same as' or 'more than'. Dad expects A- or more than A-, not less than A-.
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Hi Mister Micawber,

Thanks you. Now I understand.

Tinanam
Hi Mister Micawber,

I apologize, but can you explain the meaning of this sentence:

We can expect no less of our educational system in times of critical social unrest,

Thanks

Tinanam
We can expect our educational system to do at least X in times of critical social unrest
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