Amount and Number

Amount and number confuse some people. Use amount when referring to quantities that can’t be counted.

Examples are: a large amount of snow, a small amount of money.

  • What is the amount of my bill?
  • The recipe calls for a small amount of sugar.

Use number when referring to things that can be counted.

Examples are: a large number of people, a small number of apples.

  • A number of families now own cars.
  • A large number of people are migrating.

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