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.

"More" vs. "Greater" in English Grammar

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, or number, or to make comparisons, while 'greater' refers to a larger level in importance, degree, or size.

Differences

Grammatical Functions

  • 'More' is used as:

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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