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I am writing a technical article and one of the reviewers had a comment for the following statement:

When compared to a generic setup, our technique can potentially store more number of blocks per set due to compression.

The reviewer pointed out that the grammar of this usage "more number of blocks" needs a second look.

What is wrong with the same? How do I correct it?

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  • You can write "more blocks per set" or "a higher number of blocks per set". Or "increase the number of blocks per set". "More number" makes no sense.
    – michael.hor257k
    Jan 27, 2017 at 7:22
  • I am going with "more blocks per set". Turns out that I have used this phrase at many places: "As more number of applications". Corrected them too. If you can post your comment as answer, would like to mark it as solved. Thanks.
    – Andrew Mathews
    Jan 27, 2017 at 7:31
  • you could use 'a larger number of blocks' - it's because Number is an object
    – JMP
    Jan 27, 2017 at 7:32
  • How do I use it in this sentence: "As more applications run on our system effective utilization of the resources is the key for improving system performance". I want to convey that the number of applications that run on our system will increase with time.
    – Andrew Mathews
    Jan 27, 2017 at 7:36
  • By it do you mean more? In this case your example is fine. You can say more Xs where X can be a measurable thing. more applications or more blocks or more power.
    – djna
    Jan 27, 2017 at 14:20

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More, used before countable nouns, already means a greater number of.

our technique can potentially store a greater number of number of blocks (bad)

our technique can potentially store a greater number of blocks (good)

our technique can potentially store more blocks (good)

So adding number of is redundant.

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Just "more blocks". More blocks implies the number of blocks has increased. When you say "more number" you change your focus from the blocks to the numbers.

There were more blocks.

Both the size and the number of blocks increased.

The blocks were bigger and there were more of them.

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