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Does it mean "not the defendant"? The translation I have available (which isn't mine) is the following: "let alone the defendant", so which of us, if any, is correct?

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    更 makes the negation stronger. Eg. 我不是老师, 更不是教授! – dan Aug 27 '19 at 4:48
  • @Dan As I stated in my answer, 更 means "in addition" or "specifically" . It doesn't only emphasize negation , it emphasizes everything. For example: "作為老師要有學識,更要有耐性" , "他有青春,更有熟情" – Tang Ho Aug 30 '19 at 10:51
  • @TangHo I kind of disagree that 更 in this context means "specifically". It's closer to the sense "more on", "more to" or something like that. – dan Aug 31 '19 at 12:57
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"not the defendant" is just "不是被告"

"let alone the defendant" in Chinese is "更不必提被告" or "更不用說被告"

"不是被告" means "specifically not the defendant"

Example:

他不是被告 = he is not the defendant

次被告也判死刑, 更不必提被告 = even the second defendant is sentenced to death, not to mention (let alone) the defendant. -- of course he has to be sentenced to death

犯案的不是陳某或張某, 更不是被告 = The one who committed the crime is not Chen or Zhang, certainly (specifically) not the defendant.

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    Thanks for your help. – Baffo rasta Aug 26 '19 at 19:18

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