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more than question [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2006, 11:07
Hey guys,
Could someone please explain when it is proper to use "the more than" in a sentence.
eg. releasing the more than 300 animals (the more than/more than)?

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2006, 11:56
"The more than" is a noun phrase whereas "more than" is a comparative adjective.

In the first case, you want to introduce a noun phrase. For instance, you could replace, in the original sentence, "the more than 300 animals" by X(noun phrase) and you will complete the sentence in a grammatically correct way.

eg Releasing X [is good for the environment]

Using "more than", by omitting the definite article "the", you will use a comparative article form which will change the structure of the sentence: You will be comparing X to Y.

eg Releasing more than 300 animals [is more effective than releasing Y] --> more than here plays the role of an adjective, a comparative one. You then see why this is called the comparative form.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2006, 05:53
Much appreciated, makes alot of sense.

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