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Use 'amount' and 'number' Correctly

In this worksheet, students practise using 'amount' and 'number' in the correct contexts.

'Use 'amount' and 'number' Correctly' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

People often use the words amount and number interchangeably, but they are not quite the same. Using the correct vocabulary makes your writing more sophisticated.

 

Do you know which of the following sentences is correct?

 

A large amount of students opted to study maths this year.

A large number of students opted to study maths this year.

 

The second sentence is the correct one. Students is a plural noun so we need to use the word number. Another way of looking at it is to decide whether the noun can be counted or not. Students can be counted, so the correct word is number.

 

If something can't be counted or has no plural, then we use the word amount.

 

Joey ate a huge amount of chocolate so it's not surprising he was sick.

 

In this example we are thinking of chocolate in general terms, so it has no plural. If we talk about separate chocolates then we would need to use number because they can be counted.

 

Joey ate a huge number of chocolates so it's not surprising he was sick.

 

In this worksheet you can practise choosing whether to use amount or number in different sentences.

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Peter spent a huge __________ of time on his project.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Peter spent a huge __________ of hours on his project.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

It was a shame that such a small __________ of people turned up.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Sarah put a great __________ of effort into her performance.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The __________ of children with asthma is increasing.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The ship that sank was carrying a large __________ of oil.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The ship that sank was carrying a large __________ of containers.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The __________ of urban foxes is increasing.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Doctors recommend that we should cut the __________ of salt that we eat.

amount

number

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

I am shocked at the __________ of drivers who still use their mobiles at the wheel.

amount

number

  • Question 1

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Peter spent a huge __________ of time on his project.

CORRECT ANSWER
amount
EDDIE SAYS
'Time' is a singular noun.
  • Question 2

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Peter spent a huge __________ of hours on his project.

CORRECT ANSWER
number
EDDIE SAYS
This time the noun (hours) is plural and can be counted.
  • Question 3

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

It was a shame that such a small __________ of people turned up.

CORRECT ANSWER
number
EDDIE SAYS
People can be counted so 'number' is correct.
  • Question 4

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Sarah put a great __________ of effort into her performance.

CORRECT ANSWER
amount
EDDIE SAYS
'Effort' is not a countable noun, so 'amount' is the correct choice.
  • Question 5

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The __________ of children with asthma is increasing.

CORRECT ANSWER
number
EDDIE SAYS
Children can be counted.
  • Question 6

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The ship that sank was carrying a large __________ of oil.

CORRECT ANSWER
amount
EDDIE SAYS
Oil cannot be counted.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The ship that sank was carrying a large __________ of containers.

CORRECT ANSWER
number
EDDIE SAYS
This time the correct choice is 'number' because containers can be counted.
  • Question 8

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

The __________ of urban foxes is increasing.

CORRECT ANSWER
number
EDDIE SAYS
Foxes can be counted.
  • Question 9

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

Doctors recommend that we should cut the __________ of salt that we eat.

CORRECT ANSWER
amount
EDDIE SAYS
We think of salt as a quantity rather than as separate grains, so the correct choice is 'amount'.
  • Question 10

Choose the correct word to complete the following sentence.

 

I am shocked at the __________ of drivers who still use their mobiles at the wheel.

CORRECT ANSWER
number
EDDIE SAYS
Drivers can be counted.
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