English Language Learners Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of other languages learning English. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

More than one student know the answer.

Does it means "Over one student knows the answer" , why or why not?

share|improve this question
It is clear that both can be mostly used interchangeably when placed near numbers. For example- I gave you more than what you needed is correct and I gave you over what you needed is incorrect. However, there is a slight distinction for when to use either one of them along with numbers. Refer to this grammar girl article for more info - quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/more-than-versus-over – Invoker May 19 '14 at 6:39
"Over one student" sounds much less natural than "more than one student", though. – snailplane May 19 '14 at 7:23
"over" sounds better with larger numbers (maybe over 20 in my mind). When I think of usages I have heard this is usually the case. – user3169 May 19 '14 at 16:31

Irrespective of the context, more than means over or above especially if the former is followed by some number. However, you cannot interchange these both everywhere (see Invoker's useful comment).

More than 300 people gathered at the event = Over 300 people gathered at the event

See this (#5) -

Over - above; more

However, take a note that the adverb overly may not exactly mean more than. There, it's exceeding the limit.

overly - To a degree exceeding normal or proper limits

Also, the prefix over- means excessively, beyond or extreme

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.