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The players should have avoided endorsements by no means.

What does `no means' mean in this sentence?
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The full phrase is 'by no means', which is 'not at all'. But, somehow, placing 'by no means' at the end of the sentence makes it a bit awkward. I'd have written:

The players should by no means have avoided endorsements. Or:

By no means should the players have avoided endorsements.
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Conchita57The full phrase is 'by no means', which is 'not at all'. But, somehow, placing 'by no means' at the end of the sentence makes it a bit awkward. I'd have written:

The players should by no means have avoided endorsements. Or:

By no means should the players have avoided endorsements.

The players should have avoided endorsements by no means.

Is this sentence mean . In the past the players haven't avoided endorsements.
User_garyThe players should have avoided endorsements by no means.

Does this sentence mean: In the past the players haven't avoided endorsements.

No, it means: (Some time before now) the players avoided endorsements, but they shouldn't have.

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This is out of context.

The full context is that the players should have avoided becoming involved in endorsing sports goods altogether.
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Feebs11This is out of context.

The full context is that the players should have avoided becoming involved in endorsing sports goods altogether.
This context is certainly new to me. But, in this case, the phrase 'by no means' should not be added, surely?
Gary has taken an answer from another forum and is trying to establish what was meant by the term "by no means". Since the answer misused the term, it has become confusing.
Feebs11This is out of context.

The full context is that the players should have avoided becoming involved in endorsing sports goods altogether.
Thank you Feeb 11 and everybody.

I asked the same question again in this forum for this wonderful reply.

I can't understand what you said in the above post. But this is true : I used to ask same questions in other forum if I couldn't understand even after 2 or 3 reply. Because I don't want to frustrate people again and again asking in the same thread.
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Gary, does that mean you understand it now?

Let's try it with a more simple sentence: By no means should you press the red button. That means you should NOT, no matter what the circumstances, press the red button.

Let's say that I did press the red button, and alarms went off, the production line shut down, the police came, whatever. I say "What did I do wrong?" The person says to me "By no means should you have pressed the red button."