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greater than vs. more than [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2008, 19:42
When is it appropriate to use "greater than" vs "more than"?
From what I could make out its if actual numbers, rates are being talked about its "greater than". If is the actual thing then its "more than"

eg.
The number of fish in this pond is greater than 100.
There are more than 100 fish in this pond.
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Re: greater than vs. more than [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2008, 08:47
You should take a look at this thread:

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But I think in general,

"more" can be used for both countable and non-countable items, but where "greater" seems to trump everything is when it refers to a number value of some sort.

Number values in this case can mean
- percentages
- fractions
- referring to 'number' itself
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Re: greater than vs. more than [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2008, 09:08
jjaspirant wrote:
When is it appropriate to use "greater than" vs "more than"?
From what I could make out its if actual numbers, rates are being talked about its "greater than". If is the actual thing then its "more than"

eg.
The number of fish in this pond is greater than 100.
There are more than 100 fish in this pond.


My rule is I associate multiplication with greater, and addition with more than. Simple math concept.

Percent, rate, etc are multiplication.

In your sentence above, they are both correct to me, but emphasize different thing. First one can be significantly more than 100, second one is just alittle more than 100.
Re: greater than vs. more than   [#permalink] 17 Apr 2008, 09:08
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