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Can somebody explain when to use ‘more than’ and ‘greater than’?

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Originally posted by vaivish1723 on 26 Jul 2009, 10:15.
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if you are referring to a single statistic or number, use greater, otherwise use more

e.g.
the population of china is greater than that of the united states (statistic)
the level of rainfall in europe is greater than 2 feet per year (statistic)
the number of users is greater than 20 (number)

china has more citizens than the united states
i have more money than you do
there are more than 20 users

Sometimes it's difficult to differentiate, for example:

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

The OA is A since it contains a statistic/fact

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bipolarbear, thanks. nice one. +1 for ya.
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Thanks for the very good explanation. +1 to u. But i still did not understand. Can you please be more clear.
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bipolar, great explanation, What is your verbal material?

As you can, it is my weak point. :cry:
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i use mgmat sc, but for things i'm not sure about i like to use google! believe it or not many grammar topics can be found online...
valvish, if you're still unclear, generally use more unless you are "citing" something from an encyclopedia or fact book. i don't really know how else to explain it and i confuse myself when coming up with examples :roll:
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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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bipolarbear wrote:
if you are referring to a single statistic or number, use greater, otherwise use more

e.g.
the population of china is greater than that of the united states (statistic)
the level of rainfall in europe is greater than 2 feet per year (statistic)
the number of users is greater than 20 (number)

china has more citizens than the united states
i have more money than you do
there are more than 20 users

Sometimes it's difficult to differentiate, for example:

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

The OA is A since it contains a statistic/fact


The non underlined portion contains " Their ", so how can " its " be correct?
Are " its" and " their " referring to two different things?
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