amount / number

amount / number
   Amount is used with uncountable and abstract nouns: a large amount of money, amount of work, amount of happiness or amount of dirt.
   Number is used with countable and concrete plural expressions: a number of people, a number of attempts, a number of novels, a number of trials.

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  • amount / number —    Amount is used with uncountable and abstract nouns: a large amount of money, amount of work, amount of happiness or amount of dirt.    Number is used with countable and concrete plural expressions: a number of people, a number of attempts, a… …   Confused words

  • amount, number — Amount is used of things involving a unified mass bulk, weight, or sums. In accounting, it has the same meaning as total; generally, it is safe to use amount to refer to anything which can be measured. Number is correctly used to refer to items… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • number — amount, number Amount is normally used with uncountable nouns (i.e. nouns which have no plural) to mean ‘quantity’ (e.g. a reasonable amount of forgiveness, glue, resistance, straw, etc.), and number with plural nouns (e.g. a certain number of… …   Modern English usage

  • amount — amount, number Amount is normally used with uncountable nouns (i.e. nouns which have no plural) to mean ‘quantity’ (e.g. a reasonable amount of forgiveness, glue, resistance, straw, etc.), and number with plural nouns (e.g. a certain number of… …   Modern English usage

  • number — See amount and figure. See amount, number See figure, number …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • amount — See amount, number …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Amount of substance — is a standards defined quantity that measures the size of an ensemble of elementary entities, such as atoms, molecules, electrons, and other particles. It is sometimes referred to as chemical amount. The International System of Units (SI) defines …   Wikipedia

  • amount — I (quantity) noun aggregate, bulk, count, extent, magnitude, mass, measure, measurement, net quantity, number, numeration, strength, substance, sum, summa, total, whole associated concepts: amount of evidence, amount of loss foreign phrases:… …   Law dictionary

  • number — ► NOUN 1) a quantity or value expressed by a word, symbol, or figure. 2) a quantity or amount of something countable. 3) (a number of) several. 4) a single issue of a magazine. 5) a song, dance, or other musical item. 6) informal an item of… …   English terms dictionary

  • amount — [n1] quantity aplenty, bags*, bulk, bundle, chunk, expanse, extent, flock, gob*, heap, hunk, jillion*, load, lot, magnitude, mass, measure, mess*, mint*, mucho*, number, oodles*, pack, passel, peck, pile, scads*, score, slat*, slew*, supply, ton* …   New thesaurus

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