More vs. Greater

As you might know, 'more' and 'greater' imply the same meaning as each other, but there is a difference between the nouns that come after them.

What Are Their Main Differences?

Actually, the term 'more' is used with countable or uncountable nouns, to say that something happens to a larger quantity, number, or to make comparisons, while 'greater' refers to a larger level in importance, degree, or size.

Differences

Grammatical Functions

  • 'More' is used as:
  1. a determiner
  2. a pronoun
  3. adverb
  4. adjective

The number of the students is more than it used to be.

  • 'Greater' is used as:
  1. an adjective

The population of China is greater than Australia.

Numbers Alone

It is better to use 'greater' for numbers when they are used alone. For example:

The number of the students was greater than 120.

If there is a noun after the number, you have to use 'more'. For example:

There are more than 50 books on the shelves.

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