Misused Words

Amount and Number

Amount refers to a quantity that you cannot count, even though you can measure it.

The amount of snow that fell this year was less than last year.

Number refers to a quantity that you can count.

The number of automobile accidents this year was fewer than last year.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) It is difficult to understand the (amount, number) of luck in his life.

(2) The young child was able to count the (amount, number) of apples on the table.

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