# How is “any more than” used to compare two different situations?

In the following quote by Billy Sunday

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

Can anyone please explain/elaborate the usage and meaning of "any more than"?

The construction [not X] any more than [Y] is a way of comparing a primary negative assertion to an obviously absurd positive secondary assertion. The underlying logic is:

[X] is not any more true than [Y] … that is, it is equally untrue
[Going to church makes you a Christian] is not any more true than [going to a garage makes you a car].

Move the denial into the primary proposition, and you have:

[X is not true] any more than [Y]

Is not true reduces, in context, to VERBs not, so you end up with:

[Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian] any more than [going to a garage makes you a car].

• “is as untrue as (an obviously untrue statement),” right? Apr 27, 2021 at 6:33

This is merely a comparison of two things.

Doing A doesn't mean that you're an X. (church)
Doing B doesn't mean that you're a Y. (garage)
Therefore, A and B are equally ineffective measures of your true nature. OR