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Corpus findings of "more than one" from my own written English corpus:

A. When it is used alone, it can be treated as either singular (the focus is on "one") or plural (the focus is on "more"):

S1 LADY STUTFIELD. Oh! ... yes. I see that. It is very, very helpful. Do you think, Mrs. Allonby, I shall ever meet the Ideal Man? Or are there more than one?
S2 MRS. ALLONBY. There are just four in London, Lady Stutfield. Were there more than one, dolt, that you ask the question?--If that gentleman should send here for his wardrobe, let him have it, do you hear? If he should call himself at any time, I'm not at home. You'll tell him so, and shut the door.

S3 "What hotel you going to stop at?" "I don't know. Is there more than one?" "Three. You stop at the Schreiber--you'll find it full of Americans. What ship did you say you came over in?"
S4 "Then there's MORE THAN ONE," said Wilbur. "See there!"
S5 Yes, that's what I be. Though there's more than one. You little children think there's only one cuckoo, one fox, one giant, one devil, and one reddleman, when there's lots of us all.

B. When it is followed by a noun, it is singular in most cases

S6 He managed to stick it into his buttonhole and then he contrived to descend. There was more than one chance for an ugly fall, but he evaded them all. It was doubtless not gracefully done, but it was done, and that was all he had proposed to himself.
S7 A wicket gate was close at hand, but there was more than one path across the churchyard to which it led, and, uncertain which to take, they came to a stand again.
S8 This last class included, not only the most desperate and utterly abandoned villains in London, but some who were comparatively innocent. There was more than one woman there, disguised in man's attire, and bent upon the rescue of a child or brother.
S9 Liberty, liberty. There's more than one kind! He has said the great word.
S10 There was more than one slur on the Colonel that made people shy of him; but the blot of the Diamond is all I need mention here.
S11 There's been more than one feud around here, in old times, but I reckon the worst one was between the Darnells and the Watsons.
S12 At least - there were the girls about the garden; and here were we on the river; and there was more than one handkerchief waved as we went by.
S13 There's more than one sweet creature in the world!
S14 Got rid of is the word. There was but a mere fragment of nature in that woman. A phenomenon, by the way, of which there is more than one example extant.
S15 From a recent book of verse, where there is more than one such beautiful and manly poem, I take this memorial piece: it says better than I can, what I love to think; let it be our parting word.

C. When it is followed by a noun, it is not common, but also found, that it is treated as plural:

S16 This is the common porpoise found all over the globe. The name is of my own bestowal; for there are more than one sort of porpoises, and something must be done to distinguish them.
S17 I think she means that there were more than one Confederate in the fact.

D. When it is followed by "one of NP", it is also treated as singular:

S18 England will never be civilised till she has added Utopia to her dominions. There is more than one of her colonies that she might with advantage surrender for so fair a land.

E. When it follows "many", it is treated as plural:

S19 We were alarmed, thinking there were many more than one; he pursued hard, and overtook us.
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