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Sep 23 2008   11:49AM GMT

Quiz: Writing for business — amount or number?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Tags:
amount/number
Business writing
grammar
quantities
bean-jar.jpg Which is correct?
The CEO refused to speculate about the ________ of new employees that would be hired for the project.
a. amount
b. number

Answer: b

Explanation:
If something can be expressed as a number, like beans in a jar, always use number. Use amount to refer to things that aren’t quantified, such as bean dip.

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