The rules for using “less” or “ fewer” are clear (although often abused):
- I have less money than you. (Uncountable noun)
- I have fewer bank notes than you. (Countable noun)
Why then, is there no similar rule for “more”?
- I have more money than you.
- I have more bank notes than you.
Both work (I believe). Is this a modern change in English? Did there used to be another word to use for either uncountable or countable nouns? I’m trying to work out if “greater” works as the opposite of either “fewer” or “less” but it’s not a direct replacement. E.g. “I have greater bank notes than you” doesn’t work.