Consider the following sentence:

Within your template, the dependsOn element enables you to define one resource dependent on one or more other resources.

Is it grammatically correct to use 'more other'?

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    The grammar is "one or more" as a quantifier of "other resources", not "more other". (Although you could use "more other" as an adjectival phrase in the sense of "other"="alien, exotic".) Whatever your opinion of Microsoft documentation, this is legit.
    – Stuart F
    Commented May 6 at 16:26
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    Yes, the bracketing is [[one or more] [other resources]].
    – BillJ
    Commented May 6 at 16:27
  • Thank you. Now I see my error :)
    – Yohannes Kifle
    Commented May 6 at 16:44
  • I’m voting to close this question because it has been answered and the answer accepted in comments
    – Anton
    Commented May 6 at 21:24
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    @Anton Do we close questions that have accepted answers here?
    – gotube
    Commented May 7 at 6:41

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"More" here does not modify "other". It modifies "resources". The writer is saying "more resources", not "more other". "Other" is also modifying resources, to say what kind of resources we're talking about. "Other resources", i.e. not the original resources.

If someone said, "I have more other", that would be grammatically incorrect. But it is totally reasonable to say, "It requires more resources", or "It requires other resources". You could combine the two ideas into "It requires more other resources", but that sounds strange, probably because "more" already implies "other".

  • Not quite. "More" is part of the phrase "one or more", which modifies the phrase "other resources".
    – gotube
    Commented May 7 at 6:43
  • @gotube "One or more" is not a modifier. It's a determinative phrase functioning as determiner.
    – BillJ
    Commented May 7 at 12:40
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    @BillJ I never used the word "modifier". I'm talking about what the word does in lay terms for language learners, which is modify, not what category linguists say it belongs to. I've been teaching English now for 20 years, and despite having a Linguistics degree, I have never used the word "determiner" with a learner.
    – gotube
    Commented May 7 at 18:56
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    @BillJ "... which modifies the phrase 'other resources'" means only what it says. It doesn't even suggest there's a standard category of "modifiers". As I've said to you before, a term can be standard terminology in Linguistics and not be standard in ESL because it's not useful. I'm familiar with maybe a hundred ESL textbooks and learner resource books, and I doubt any include the word "determiner".
    – gotube
    Commented May 9 at 20:58
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    According to this web page, grammarly.com/blog/determiners, "Another name for determiners is limiting adjectives; as that name suggests, determiners modify nouns ..." That is, a determiner is a type of adjective, and an adjective is a type of modifier. So referring to a determiner as a modifier is correct. I was trying to simplify things by not getting into irrelevant details, such as classifications and subclassifications not relevant to the point.
    – Jay
    Commented May 12 at 11:54

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