"More" vs. "Most" in the English Grammar

More vs. Most

Mostly, 'more' and 'most' are used before adjectives to clarify their amount or degree. Let us start learning them here.

"More" vs. "Most" in the English Grammar

What Are Their Main Differences?

Basically, the term 'more' refers to a larger amount or degree, while 'most' refers to the largest amount or degree.
In other words, 'more' is considered a comparative form, while 'most' is considered a superlative form.


To Make Comparative or Superlative Adjectives

  • 'More':

is used before some adjectives or adverbs to compare two things. Therefore, we use 'more' to make comparative adjectives or *comparative adverbs).

She was more intelligent than her sister. → adjective

Our car is more expensive than theirs. → adjective

My mental health is more important than a good degree on the exam. → adjective


Mostly, whenever you compare two things 'more' is followed by the term Than. However, we can use 'more' alone without 'than'. 'More' is the comparative form of much and many.

Mary was prettier than her sister.

She was driving even faster than before.

  • 'Most':

is used before some adjectives and adverbs to make them superlative adjectives or superlative adverbs.

She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. → adjective

My boss is the most experienced person in the office. → adjective

The most exciting moment of the show was when they started to walk on the fire. → adjective

The Most

'The most' is used when you are comparing one person or thing with all others. Most is the superlative form of many and much.

This is the most interesting job. → adjective

The king is supposed to be the most powerful person. → adjective

Other Meanings

'More' and 'most' can be used as words with individual meanings.

meaning examples
more again Can you call her once more?
most very (formal) I can recall that I have had most hard time in China.


'Most Of' and 'More Of'

  • 'More':

can be used before nouns to refer to a larger amount or degree of it.

More people are protesting for their rights. → determiner

More animals are being killed these days. → determiner

  • 'More of':

is used before a noun phrase with the same meaning.

More of his manners had became unbearable recently.

More of our problems are being solved since we met the new therapist.

  • 'Most':

can be used before nouns to refer to the largest amount or degree of it.

Ask Carol! She has the most information on this subject. → determiner

She is the superior secretory of this month. She got most calls. → determiner

  • 'Most of':

is used before noun phrases with the same meaning.

I have lost most of my friends.

She spends most of her time with Jimmy.


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