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# Grammar Greater vs. More

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19 Dec 2008, 18:39
Greater than Vs More than
This is what I found(different sources but same Instructor). Thanks to Mr Purewal, this helped me clear my confusion

Source: http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/sta ... t4000.html
"greater than" is used for uncountable nouns. "more than" is typically used for countable nouns (though you can also say something like "She likes Sam more than Amy" - but that construction doesn't show up much on the test).

So: "The population density of calico cats in San Francisco is greater than three per square mile" (here, the word we're describing is "density," which is not a countable noun - you wouldn't say "1 density, 2 densities, 3 densities...")

vs: "I have more calico cats living in my home than you do." (here, we're describing "cats," which is a countable noun because you would say "1 cat, 2 cats, 3 cats...")

I was completely confused because it reversed my understanding by 180deg, so I did some more research and found this:

Source:http://www.beatthegmat.com/og-10-qs-251-t10581.html
here's a simplified rule that will work:
in formal written english, if you are talking about an increase in a single statistic, you use GREATER. if you are counting things, and NOT referring to 'the number' or 'the population' or any other single statistic, you use MORE - always as an adjective or adverb:
the population of filipinos is greater than it was 10 years ago
there are more filipinos than there were 10 years ago
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01 Jan 2009, 04:41
thanks for tip but to be more clear...actual rules

The K800 lays down the law on the topic - it clearly states:

Use ‘greater than’ when describing numbers ALONE. Use ‘more than’ when describing number of objects or when making comparisons.

E.g. ‘Greater than one hundred’ OR ‘more than one dozen fishes’ OR ‘I love you more than I love anything else’
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thanks for tip but to be more clear...actual rules

The K800 lays down the law on the topic - it clearly states:

Use ‘greater than’ when describing numbers ALONE. Use ‘more than’ when describing number of objects or when making comparisons.

E.g. ‘Greater than one hundred’ OR ‘more than one dozen fishes’ OR ‘I love you more than I love anything else’

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There is no number defined in the problem below, still the answer is A with "greater than". Seems like there is an exception to what K800 says. Please correct me if I missed anything.

The Watsons, a prominent Staten Island family, has survived a close brush with financial ruin; its assets are now almost three times greater than what they were before their problems commenced.

A. financial ruin; its assets are now almost three times greater than
B. financial ruin; its assets are now almost three times more than
C. financial ruin; their assets are now almost threefold
D. financial ruin; now with threefold the assets
E. financial ruin; now with assets three times greater than
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15 Sep 2015, 01:15
Hi,

Can we say "times" in itself doesn't determine the usage of greater than or more than with times? Following OG Problems used them differently.

The gyrfalcon, an Arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than
C) extinction; their numbers are now fivefold what they were
D) extinction; now with fivefold the numbers they had
E) extinction; now with numbers five times greater than

OA: A

Some psychiatric studies indicate that among distinguished artists the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in the population at large.

(A) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent as in
(B) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in
(C) the rates of manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent when compared to
(D) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times as prevalent when compared to
(E) manic depression and major depression are ten to thirteen times more prevalent than in

OA: E

Also is following list correct?

Percentage - Greater than
Amount - Greater than
Numbers - Greater than
Number - More than
Double - More than
Rates - More than

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