The words ‘amount’ and ‘number’ are used respectively, when referring to things that cannot be counted and things that can be counted.
- Amount is used with uncountable nouns. It is also used when the nouns being referred to is in singular form.
I spent a considerable amount of time on this project.
The amount of milk in my tea is not enough.
The manager paid us the full amount of money we were owed.
- Number is used with countable nouns. It is also used when the nouns being referred to is in plural form.
The number of flies on that wall is quite high.
We have recorded the number of students on this course.
I’ve forgotten the number of books I borrowed from the library.
COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID
|The number of hatred is significant.||The amount of hatred is significant.|
|We attended an amount of events.||We attended a number of events.|
|Drink a number of water to hydrate.||Drink an amount of water to hydrate.|
|She can’t stand the number of publicity.||She can’t stand the amount of publicity.|
CAN YOU SPOT THE MISTAKES IN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES?
1) She read a considerable amount of books.
2) We transported a number of oil.
3) What’s the amount of cards needed?
Now, test yourself!
- Build 4 sentences using amount correctly.
- Build 4 sentences using number correctly.