How to use
used before an adjective or adverb to form the comparative
having a particular quality to a greater degree
You'll have to be more careful next time.
Can't it be done more quickly?
much/a lot/far more
Children generally feel much more confident working in groups.
more ... than
It was a lot more expensive than I had expected.
Your health is more important than anything else.
Children can often do these puzzles more easily than adults.
Selling goods abroad is
not more difficult
than selling to the home market.
Do not use
with the -er form of an adjective or adverb:
I'll be smarter than before (NOT I'll be more smarter than before).
used to say that something happens a greater number of times or for longer
I promised Mum that I'd help more with the housework.
You need to get out of the house more.
Children are using the library more than they used to.
He travels around
a lot more
now that he has a car.
used to say that something happens to a greater degree
a lot more
for her dogs than she does for me.
It's his manner I dislike, more than anything else.
more and more
used to say that a quality, situation etc gradually increases
More and more, we are finding that people want to continue working beyond 60.
As the disease worsened, he found walking more and more difficult.
more or less
a place where the ground was more or less flat
They've settled here more or less permanently.
He more or less accused me of lying.
again, and often for the last time
May I thank you all once more for making this occasion such a big success.
Once more the soldiers attacked and once more they were defeated.
used to say that someone or something returns to the situation they were in before
England was once more at war with France.
not any more
if something does not happen any more, it used to happen but does not happen now
Sarah doesn't live here any more.
more than happy/welcome/likely etc
very happy, welcome, likely etc - used to emphasize what you are saying
The store is more than happy to deliver goods to your home.
The police are more than likely to ban the match.
the more ..., the more/less ...
used to say that if a particular activity increases, another change happens as a result
The more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea.
be more something than something
to be one thing rather than another
It was more a worry than a pleasure.
more than a little
The lectures were more than a little disappointing.
no more does/has/will etc somebody
used to say that a negative statement is also true about someone else
'She didn't know the reason for his leaving.' 'No more do I
neither do I
no more ... than
used to emphasize that someone or something does not have a particular quality or would not do something
He's no more fit to be a priest than I am!
➔ more often than not
➔ more fool you/him etc
➔ that's more like it/this is more like it
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