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# I am always confusing about when to use amount and when to

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I am always confusing about when to use amount and when to use number.
Are there any specific rules for "amount" and "number"?
More examples the better, thx~

Also, one more, something like "as being XXX", "having been XXX", is it always awkward? What is the most appropriate situation for those weird expression?
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15 Jun 2012, 08:01
zchen26 wrote:
I am always confusing about when to use amount and when to use number.
Are there any specific rules for "amount" and "number"?
More examples the better, thx~

Also, one more, something like "as being XXX", "having been XXX", is it always awkward? What is the most appropriate situation for those weird expression?

Hi,

Just remember this:

Number: countable
Amount: uncountable

Eg: 'the amount of sugar', 'the number of phone calls'.

as being vs. having been.

Both are passive ways of writing sentences.

Eg:

Nina, being a good observer, picked it up at once. -> This is in the present. It says that Nina is a good observer.

Nina, having been a good observer, picked it up at once. -> This signifies that Nina has been a good observer from somewhere in the past up till now. This refers to a time interval and hence, this form, the 'present continuous passive' is used.

Hope it was clear.

Regards,

Shouvik.
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Re: Can anyone tell the difference between amount and number?   [#permalink] 15 Jun 2012, 08:01
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