I wanted to use some other phrase for "not to speak of". What could be a good synonym for that? For example,

"international community" is a political contrivance; it doesn't exist! And what doesn't exist cannot act, not to speak of influencing Russia's policy.


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    Can you provide the context where it would be used?
    – Barmar
    May 2, 2015 at 1:09
  • I added an example context where it occurs.
    – a_hanif
    May 2, 2015 at 1:18

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I can suggest "not to mention" or "to say nothing of" which sound more common to my ears.


  • "I don't think it's worth visiting it, not to mention the cost of the trip."
  • "They own a magnificent mansion at the Cape. To say nothing of their bank account."
  • Sure, that's the first one which comes to my mind as well. But as a non-native English speaker I would like to know more versions of this phrase.
    – a_hanif
    May 2, 2015 at 1:17

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And what doesn't exist, cannot act, not to speak of inlfuencing Russia's policy.

And what doesn't exist[,] cannot act, let alone influence Russia's policy.

And what doesn't exist cannot act; even less can it influence Russia's policy.

  • Ooh, that's a good one, Hugh. Good for me to keep it in memory, that is. Thank you. Sorry, could not upvote it yet.
    – a_hanif
    May 2, 2015 at 1:25

There is a Canadian construct that uses "little say" to mean the same thing. I first noticed it in the writing of Charles De Lint.

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