Writing for Business

Mar 30 2009   10:12PM GMT

Which is correct — number or amount?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
The _________ of computers infected with Conficker has increased dramatically.
a. amount
b. number

Answer: b
Use number to refer to something countable. (Amount is only correct when referring to something that doesn’t consist of discrete entities.)

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