When speaking about quantities, it is very easy to use the words ‘amount’ and ‘number’ in the wrong way. Slip-ups like these can make your work look quite unprofessional so, if you want to make sure you have it right, send it over to a professional proofreader before you submit!
AmountThe word ‘amount’ is used to refer to mass nouns such as ‘sand’, or ‘butter’. These are items that are either individually very small or that come as a mass. We would say:
What amount of butter should I put in this recipe?or
There was a large amount of sand in my shoes after the trip to the beach on Sunday
NumberThe word number is used to refer to things that can easily be differentiated. For example:
I saw a great number of cars on the road at rush houror
I only have a small number of plants in my gardenIt can be difficult to learn differences such as these, so do be sure to keep checking on our academic blog for more tips and tricks.