Amount and Number

Count (number) and Noncount (amount) Nouns

Some nouns can be counted: examples, for example

1, 2, 3, 4 examples? YES
number of examples

Some nouns cannot be counted: evidence, for example

1, 2, 3, 4, evidences? NO
The amount of evidence

Just as you would never say 3 evidences, you should also never say: The amount of examples I offer in my essays.

Since they can be counted, those examples are referred to as the number of examples you include in your essays.

On the other hand, no matter how many pieces of evidence you bring to your essay, you would never refer to the number of evidences. The pieces can be counted, but evidence cannot, so we refer to the amount of evidence.

COUNT—THE NUMBER NONCOUNT—THE AMOUNT
The number of votes cast
(2,345 votes, more than last time)
The amount of voting that was done
(a lot, even more than last time)
The number of tax jurisdictions
(5 of them, fewer than in New Jersey)
The amount of tax we pay
(a good bit, but less than in New Jersey)
The number of dollars spent
($345,000, more than in 2012)
A huge amount of money
(an enormous amount, more than in 2012)
A number of olive oils
(45 types, fewer than at Trader Joe’s)
The amount of olive oil
(gallons of it, but less than at Trader Joe’s)

Exercise

In a Reply below, cut-and-paste the following paragraph and correct the count/noncount errors.

A large amount of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

70 Responses to Amount and Number

  1. A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  2. ahntkd99 says:

    A Large amount of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but Less than in 2012.

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  3. Valcom says:

    A large Number of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while Fewer votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but Fewer than in 2012.

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  4. voxpopuli075 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  5. yankeefan25 says:

    A large number NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  6. lg102015 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  7. tenere84 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  8. Jayv23 says:

    A larger NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were first time voters. in facts, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year but FEWER that in 2012.

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  9. roses0102 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  10. lucbe219 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, new voters went to the polls MORE than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  11. ajuuy7 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In face, more new voters went to the poles than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular votes. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  12. A large number of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  13. A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  14. A large number of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while fewer votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but fewer than in 2012.

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  15. bmdpiano says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  16. A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  17. A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  18. kraemercali says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  19. mpsj13 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  20. comp0327 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  21. iamsleepy01 says:

    A large number of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  22. compclass8 says:

    The amount of voting that was done were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voting was done at the polls than ever, while less voting was cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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    • davidbdale says:

      This is a confusing response, Comp.
      —”amount of voting” is a good choice, but it doesn’t fit with the rest of the sentence. A correct sentence would be: “The AMOUNT of voting that was done for the new tax on vape products, MUCH of which WAS from first-time voters, WAS impressive.”
      You’d have to revise the second sentence too:
      —”In fact, MORE new voting WAS DONE at the polls than ever, while less voting was DONE by regular voters.
      And in the last sentence, you left a word uncorrected:
      —”We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.”

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  23. bestbaker123 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  24. hershey515 says:

    A large amount of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more than 5,000 people went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  25. bane1900 says:

    The Number of votes that were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, the Number of new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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    • davidbdale says:

      This is a confusing answer, Bane.
      —The Number of votes that were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters.
      You’ve created a fragment here. One possible correction that could use “number of votes” would be: “A NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters.
      —In fact, the Number of new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters.
      You’d have to rephrase this sentence too, for example: “In fact, AN IMPRESSIVE NUMBER of new voters went to to polls, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters.”
      —We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.
      This one you just missed: “We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.”

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  26. A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  27. lovericeandnoodles says:

    A large number of votes were cast for the new tax jurisdiction on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while a smile number of votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  28. A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  29. smellycat23 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  30. athenapup4 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  31. A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact more new voters went to polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular votes. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than 2012.

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  32. lelebxby says:

    A large number of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  33. Gcatt310 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, A NUMBER OF new voters went to the polls than ever BEFORE, while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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    • davidbdale says:

      —I like “A NUMBER OF new voters” as a concept, but in this sentence it needs a comparative to be logical, so how about: “In fact, A LARGER NUMBER OF new voters went to the polls than ever BEFORE”?
      —And then you need two FEWERs in: while less votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but less than in 2012.

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  34. morra2024 says:

    A large NUMBER of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while FEWER votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but FEWER than in 2012.

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  35. lazybear8 says:

    A large Number of votes were cast for the new tax on vape products, many of which were from first-time voters. In fact, more new voters went to the polls than ever, while Fewer votes were cast by regular voters. We gave donuts to new voters; more than last year, but Fewer than in 2012.

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