Some of the websites say there are not so much differences between "more than " and "over" but the others say it's better to use "more than" when it comes with numerous expressions. Is that common for native speakers of English?

For example

This movie has been loved more than ten years.

Can I use "over" instead of "more than"?

The website http://www.onlinegrammar.com.au/more-than-and-over/

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According to the AP Stylebook, “more than” and “over” can now be used interchangeably to indicate greater numerical value, and “less than” and “under” can be used interchangeably to indicate lesser numerical value. Prior to the rule change, the only acceptable use of “over” was as a locative, a preposition designating the physical placement of one thing relative to another. (Source.)

Choosing between more than and over with respect to numerical values seems to be a matter of style now, not grammar. If we check the Cambridge Dictionary, we get

over preposition (MORE THAN)
more than:
Most of these rugs cost over $1000.
Children over 12 (= older than 12) pay full price.

So for example, Most of these rugs cost over $1000 is equivalent in meaning to Most of these rugs cost more than $1000.

You will often see and hear people using over in this way, at least in the US. Either option is acceptable.

  • I wouldn't make too much of that "rule change" - it doesn't mean people did things any different before the American Copy Editors Society finally caved in and acknowledged that “overwhelming usage” in both professional and non-professional contexts required them to get rid of a fatuous rule that hardly anyone knew or observed in the first place. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 17 '16 at 12:32

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