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I believe the question I'm about to frame might have been asked or discussed earlier, but I wanted to get a rather specific explanation, which is why I have posted here.
I needed to ask about the usage of phrase "More than one" in a sentence as in the following examples:
1a. He crafted more than one candle
1b. He crafted more than one candles
2a. More than one person was interested
2b. More than one persons were interested
3. More than one people are invited
It would be a great favour if I could an get explanation regarding the correct usage of (singular/plural) nouns and their auxiliary verbs in the above cases.
Thanks in Advance!
Thanks for the response, and sorry for my late reply
For the answers, I might choose 1a, 2a and maybe 3 is also correct, which I'm not sure about.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I know how you feel. I am also a learner.
(2) "More than" certainly seems to indicate the plural, doesn't it!
(3) Here is something that I learned from the greatest grammarian ever (IMHO, of course):
"More than" is often felt as an adverb that means "not merely."
(a) So we should say:
More than one student has learned a lot at usingenglish.com. (Not merely one student has ....)
He crafted not merely one candle (but he crafted a thousand).
Not merely one person is invited (but a thousand are invited).
Not merely one person was interested (but a thousand were interested).
Source: George Oliver Curme, A Grammar of the English Language, Vol. II (p. 59).