The network suffers from additional users.

I think It declares that if the number of users exceeds a specific number, the network will have to deal with some problems.

I have used the adjective "additional" several times. I want to imply the same connotation but, it really bothers me to overuse a word in a piece of writing. I came up with:

The network suffers from increasing numbers of users.

Can I use increasing in this context if I have to avoid using adjectives like extra, excessive, further.

Personal Statement:

I think increasing would convey the general sense of growth no matter how much this expansion is big. something similar to ever-growing.

  • Increasing is a better term, but there are other times in which additional may be a stronger word for the subject. (Just an opinion.) – Dab Nov 20 '18 at 22:14

I think "increasing" works OK. It does suggest something that is growing. It's not precise, though. The network doesn't suffer because the number of users increases; the network suffers because there are too many people using it. I would suggest "ever-increasing" instead. It's a relatively common phrase that's a little stronger than "increasing." It implies the network is always growing -- and therefore is also difficult to maintain. I think it gets to the heart of what you want to say.

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  • Thanks, but the context is merely a mathematical conclusion. something similar to: increasing numbers of users will bring about further power consumption. It seems I was not successful in choosing a proper example. – Cardinal Jun 13 '16 at 19:51
  • OK, this might work then: The network suffers as the number of users increases. Or: The network suffers proportionately to the increase in the number of users. If you're trying to state something mathematical, I think number of users is more appropriate than numbers of users, simply because a network can precisely count the number of logged-in users. – Ringo Jun 13 '16 at 19:57
  • That s in users is due to the present participle increasing. In the first version of the question I had written " number of users" which faced with Catija's incisive objection – Cardinal Jun 13 '16 at 19:59
  • If it's a large network with multiple hubs, then maybe "numbers" is more appropriate. I personally would go with singular "number," because it implies that this is a precise, technical statement. – Ringo Jun 13 '16 at 20:05
  • In fact he said, choose "an increasing number of" or "increasing numbers of". consider a general statement: increasing numbers of people will increase the weight of the elevator. – Cardinal Jun 13 '16 at 20:11

In your example, "additional" and "increasing" can be interchanged.


usually means a single increase, where as


will usually mean a continuously greater amount.

The network suffered from increasing usage due to additional users and Euro 2016 last month.

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  • Thanks, BTW question: "increasing number of" or "increasing numbers of" – Cardinal Jun 13 '16 at 20:18
  • "Increasing number of users", "increasing numbers of football fans", "increasing number of German football fans" – Peter Jun 13 '16 at 20:20

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