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# Grammar Greater vs. More

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01 Jan 2009, 04:41
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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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01 May 2011, 13:09
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sjpre10 wrote:
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’

@sjpre10
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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16 Sep 2017, 09:48
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The 3 Rules for MORE/GREATER/LESS/FEWER than…
1) If COUNTABLE (dogs, apartments, opportunities, agencies, people)

-> then Use MORE/FEWER than combination

2) If COUNTABLE, but related to time, distance, or money OR if NOT-COUNTABLE

-> then Use MORE/LESS than combination

3) For BOTH COUNTABLE & NOT-COUNTABLE, if there is a comparison made between the LEVEL or DEGREE or NUMBER of something

-> then Use GREATER THAN/LESS THAN combination

So in summary, there are only 3 possible combinations:
1) MORE/FEWER than
2) MORE/LESS than
3) GREATER/LESS than

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