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    #1

    more than... five

    Can one use:

    a. I have seen more Italian films than five.
    I have seen more than five Italian films.


    b. I made more pies than five.
    The number of pies I made was superior to five.

    c. I read more articles than five.
    The number of articles I read was superior to five.


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    #2

    Re: more than... five

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    Can one use:

    a. I have seen more Italian films than five. - Bizarre.
    I have seen more than five Italian films. - Normal


    b. I made more pies than five. - Odd
    The number of pies I made was superior to five. - No, A larger number is not necessarily superior to a small one. It's just bigger.

    c. I read more articles than five. No, unless you have a particular reason for using a strange word order.
    The number of articles I read was superior to five. No


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    I suggest using normal word order unless you know what you're doing.
    Of course, if the referent is known, you can say, "I have seen more than five; I made more than five", etc.

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    Re: more than... five

    Thank you very much Raymott.

    Well, if I have made five pies and a cake, I have made more than five pies. Right?
    And if I have made six pies, I have made more than five pies.

    If I want to be very specific, in this case, I would have to specify that the number of pies I made was higher than five. ('superior' was a bad choice of words). I was wondering if I could express that idea with: I made more pies than five.

    But I thought the sentence sounded strange. Apparently it does not work.

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    Re: more than... five

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    Thank you very much Raymott.

    Well, if I have made five pies and a cake, I have made more than five pies. Right?
    And if I have made six pies, I have made more than five pies.

    If I want to be very specific, in this case, I would have to specify that the number of pies I made was higher than five. ('superior' was a bad choice of words). I was wondering if I could express that idea with: I made more pies than five.

    But I thought the sentence sounded strange. Apparently it does not work.

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    Azz.
    It works in special cases. This is possible.

    Person: "And you only made five pies!"
    You: "I made more pies than five!?" But this would still be uncommon. "I made more than five pies!" is normal.

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    Re: more than... five

    Thank you very very much,

    I think in that case it would be more natural to say:
    I made more pies than THAT.

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