Comparing Numbers: A note on no más que versus no más de

  • No más que is not an actual comparison; it is used when the speaker is stating the exact number, and perhaps emphasizing the smallness of the number:
    • En Metropolis no hay más que tres cines.
      • In Metropolis there are a mere three moviehouses (you'd think there'd be more).
  • No más de actually compares (negatively) the given number and the actual number, stating that the actual number is not greater, and allowing for the possibility that it might be less.
    • En Smallville no hay más de tres cines.
      • In Smallville there are no more than three moviehouses (and perhaps there are less).