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    Question Usage of "More than one" phrase in a sentence

    Hi,
    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!
    Haris

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    Re: Usage of "More than one" phrase in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by mharis05 View Post
    Hi,
    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!
    Haris
    Welcome to the forums, Haris. Which would you choose as being correct?

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    Re: Usage of "More than one" phrase in a sentence

    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.

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    Re: Usage of "More than one" phrase in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by mharis05 View Post
    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.
    1a and 2a are indeed correct. 3 is not - if you look at 1b and 2b you will see that they contain plurals which is why they're incorrect. 3 should read "More than one person was invited".

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    Re: Usage of "More than one" phrase in a sentence

    ***** 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).

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    Re: Usage of "More than one" phrase in a sentence

    Thank you so much to everyone who posted

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    "More than" is often felt as an adverb that means "not merely."
    This is one of the rules that I shall always use to solve such problems, thanks!!

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