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If I write:

Population has increased to more than 10 million

Is it right to use to here or should I use up to more than 10 million?

Or are both wrong? Should I make any other corrections?

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  • Population has increased to more than 10 million -is correct. ...up to does not look good to me.
    – Maulik V
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 11:50
  • Population would usually have a determiner: the population, our population, etc.
    – user230
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 13:13

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It should be "increased to more than 10 million".

The use of increase implies the 'up' in your other suggestion. So "up to more than..." would be tautology.

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    True, although "up" could be used if the verb was changed, as in: "Population is now up to 10 million."
    – J.R.
    Commented May 30, 2014 at 16:19
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"Up to" is usually used to express an upper limit. Like, "Increasing agricultural output may have caused a population increase of up to 10 million." That is, the increase may have been less, but it could have been as much as 10 million.

So you want to say just, "increased to more than 10 million". This is the new value. Presumably before this the population was less than 10 million.

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I would recommend surpassed ("to go beyond") - because population is clearly not a static quantity -

The population has surpassed 10 million.

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