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Do I Use the Word Number or Amount?

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Introduction

Finding the right words for your writing might be challenging, so pick words that make your point clear to the reader. Word choosing can be difficult, but it’s well worth the effort.

The words “amount” and “number” are sometimes confused with one another. Given that they both refer to numerical values, there is a close connection between these two concepts. However, as we will see in this article, they also have different meanings.

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Amount (Uncountable Nouns)

Quantity that is measured as a whole is referred to as an “amount” (i.e., an uncountable sound, such as sand or water). Take, the following as an illustration: 

The amount of heart on show by the boxer was incredible!

We cannot count or see “heart”, hence the “uncountable” noun – it simply can’t be counted

Number (Countable Nouns) 

“Number,” on the other hand, should be used to talk about a certain amount of people or things (i.e., countable nouns). For instance:

A large number of people without tickets showed up to see the show.

We use the term “number” since the number of attendees might be counted as unique individuals.

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