More

'More' is a word that has three functions in the English language. In this lesson, we will thoroughly discuss it.

How to Use "More" in the English Grammar

More means greater in number or amount. It has three functions that we are going to learn in this lesson.

Functions of 'More'

1. 'More' as a Determiner

Use

More as a determiner is used to modify nouns or noun phrases. It can also modify an adjective. It is used in two cases:

  • More as a determiner is used to show a larger amount or number, it has a similar meaning to 'extra' and it is used before nouns.

she wants more apples.

can you repeat it one more time?

  • More means greater in number, size, amount. It is mainly used in comparing two things. In this case, it can be used before adjectives too.

I have more books than you.

'More' is before the noun 'books.'

I am more beautiful than you.

'More' is before the adjective 'happy.'

I have more pain right now.

'More pain' means 'a greater pain.'

She is more an actor than a singer.

'More' can be followed by a noun when used to compare two things.

Position in a Sentence

More as a determiner is used to modify the following noun. It is placed before countable o uncountable nouns or adjectives. Like:

I want more books.

'Books' is a countable noun.

I am more beautiful than you.

2. 'More' as a Pronoun

Use

More as a pronoun replaces the noun it refers to and means greater in number or amount. For example:

I have inconsiderable amount of money but she has more than anyone else.

'More' refers to 'money.'

More are happy now.

'More' replaces 'more people.'

Position in a Sentence

More as a pronoun replaces the noun it refers to. So, it can act as an object, subject, etc. Look:

More are happy now.

'More' replaces the subject.

I need three boxes, no more, no less.

'More' here replaces the object.

3. 'More' as an Adverb

Use

More as an adverb is used to add more information to the verb. It can be used in three ways.

  • More means 'to a greater degree or extent.' Look:

I have had it more.

I should spend more.

I like it more.

  • More means 'more often or for a longer period of time.'

You should help me more.

You should work on it more.

  • More means 'in addition.'

What more did you want?

I need one day more.

Tip

We can use 'more than' before an adjective. That means very, extremly. Look:

I am more than happy to do that for you.

she was more than surprised when you asked her out.

Position in a Sentence

More as an adverb comes after the verb. Take a look:

I need one day more.

She is willing to practice more.

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