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    difference between grow and increase

    When population increases, necessity of land used to built house or accommodation also increases. To meet this need, people fills canals and ponds.

    1. With a growing population, many canals and ponds are getting filled in with soil and sand.

    2. With the increasing of population, many canals and ponds are getting filled in with soil and sand.

    Which one from above sentences is correct or better? If both are correct, is there any difference in meaning of them?

    I did a search in Google to find out the differences in the meaning of increase and grow. I found some websites where differences between these two words have been showed. Unfortunately, I failed to come into a decision about the sentences stated above.

    Some references say that- We don't say "with the increasing of population" even though that is a grammatical use of a gerund/verbal noun. It would need to be "with an increasing population" or "with the increase in population". I would use "growing" because population growth/increase is a biological function - that's a stylistic choice, not a semantic choice.

    Other reference says that- "The use of "grow" in this context, while not technically wrong, is suspect since growing implies some sort of organic process that applies to individuals' adding more material to themselves. Vegetables grow, germinating from seeds in the earth. Children grow as they continue to eat. In this context, we're talking about a mere hike in numbers that applies to a collective, a "population," so the more neutral "increase" would be sufficient.

    As a side note, I'm also not particularly fond of that hazy use of "with" and might recommend replacing with a clearer substitute, possibly "because of." "

    Please say what is your opinion.

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    Re: difference between grow and increase

    Sentence 2 is not grammatical. "With the increase in population ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: difference between grow and increase

    Quote Originally Posted by Azah View Post
    When population increases, necessity of land used to built house or accommodation also increases.
    Perhaps:

    An increase in population brings with it an increase in demand for land to build houses on.


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    Re: difference between grow and increase

    Quote Originally Posted by Azah View Post
    To meet this need, people fills canals and ponds.
    Perhaps:

    To meet this need, canals and ponds are filled in.

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    Re: difference between grow and increase

    Quote Originally Posted by Azah View Post
    1. With a growing population, many canals and ponds are getting filled in with soil and sand.
    As a result of a growing population, many canals and ponds are getting filled in with soil and sand.

    (Where does the water go?)

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    #6

    Re: difference between grow and increase

    Quote Originally Posted by Azah View Post
    2. With the increasing of population, many canals and ponds are getting filled in with soil and sand.
    Say:
    With the increase in population, many canals and ponds are getting filled in with soil and sand.

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