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)."
- YYYZZ 2Lv 71 month agoFavourite answer
"Not that" is correct in this sentence. Meaning - although.
- ZapataLv 61 month 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.
- RPLv 71 month 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.
- busterwasmycatLv 71 month ago
If you mean the "not that his behavior left him much anyway" phrase, it is definitely supposed to be NOT.