Revised as of 15 February 2018
Hmmm, I clicked over to “Amount versus Number” on my website and didn’t like what I saw, so I thought I’d re-do this post.
“Amount versus Number” originally came up when I ran across a sheet from one of my prerequisite English classes — in college!! — which listed “Confusing Word Pairs” and amount versus number was one of the pairs listed. I find them confusing myself, so I’m looking forward to having an easy reference on amount and number in the future.
|Stressing the Difference Between Amount and Number|
|How much have you had to drink tonight?
Oh, a fair amount.
The drinker has not been counting.
|The number of logs used to build this house was astonishing.
You really can count how many logs were used.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
Verb, intransitive 2
Verb, intransitive & transitive 4
|Can’t be counted
A quantity of something, typically the total of a thing or things in number, size, value, or extent
Come to be the total when added together
|Can be counted
An arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol, or figure, representing a particular quantity and used in counting and making calculations and for showing order in a series or for identification
A quantity or amount
A single issue of a magazine
[Grammar] A distinction of word form denoting reference to one person or thing or to more than one
To be numbered or included (usually followed by among or with)
Mark with a number or assign a number to, typically to indicate position in a series
He ate a fair amount of roast beef.
A good marriage can withstand any amount of pressure.
no amount of pressure can be brought to bear
We sold a comparable amount in the second quarter.
The sport gives an enormous amount of pleasure to many people.
The substance is harmless if taken in small amounts.
They have spent a colossal amount rebuilding the stadium.
Their actions amounted to a conspiracy.
What this guy was doing clearly did amount to persecution.
You’ll never amount to anything.
She dialed the number carefully.
I prefer an even number.
The boy was adept at numbers.
The company is seeking to increase the number of women on its staff.
The exhibition attracted vast numbers of visitors.
We have discussed the matter on a number of occasions.
There were some distinguished names among our number.
The weight of numbers turned the battle against them.
the October number of Travel
They go from one melodious number to another.
Yvonne was wearing a little black number.
Whole numbers are easier to add up.
We’ve had a large number of complaints.
Jane and Mike went to the wedding of one of their number
The band performed another number.
Several eminent scientists number among his friends.
Number the new stock, please.
He numbers the fleet at a thousand.
Each paragraph is numbered.
He numbers her among his friends.
His days are numbered.
The orchestra numbers Brahms among its past conductors.
Each document was numbered consecutively.
Strategies like ours can be numbered on the fingers of one hand.
|You may also want to see:|
|For information on formatting numbers, see Abbreviation
Dealing with numbers that are side by side
When and how to approximate or round numbers
Numbers and the percent symbol, %
When you must spell out a number or use Arabic figures
Regarding the grammar of numbers, see Cardinal numbers
When a number is singular or plural.
Commas and numbers
Proper use of the en dash and numbers
Using a slash with numbers.
|History of the Word:|
|1 Early 18th century||3 Middle English from the Old French nombre from the Latin numerus.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?