More and Most

January 24, 2011pdf

More is the comparative form of much and many. It indicates a greater amount or number than that is indicated by much or many.

  • You should sleep more than you do at the moment.
  • I need more time to finish the work.

More of

Before a noun with a determiner we use more of.

  • He is more of a fool than I thought. (NOT He is more a fool than I thought.)
  • Three more of the missing miners have been found. (NOT Three more the missing miners …)

More can mean ‘again’.

  • Do it once more.
  • Do you want to go there any more.

More or less means about.

  • It is an hour’s journey, more or less.

Be no more means be dead.

  • She is no more. (= She is dead.)

Most

Most is the superlative form of many and much. It indicates the greatest in number, quantity etc. In comparisons most is normally used with the.

  • Those who have the most money are not always the happiest.
  • Susie found the most strawberries.

When no comparison is implied the is not used. In such cases most simply means ‘the majority of’.

  • Most Indians understand Hindi.
  • Most people like babies.

Most of

Before a noun with a determiner (articles, possessives, demonstratives) we use most of.

  • Most of the people here are farmers. (NOT Most the people here are farmers.)
  • Most of us like to watch a good movie. (NOT Most us like to watch a good movie.)

Most can mean very.

  • This is a most interesting book. (= This is a very interesting book.)
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