- Language Note, Word History, Word Explorer
|part of speech:
He put a small amount of butter on his bread.What amount of money is in the account?
- portion, quantity
- similar words:
- deal, lot, volume
||allowance, batch, charge, cost, degree
? Which word is right for your sentence? Use amount
when you are telling how much there is of something that cannot be counted in numbers. A large amount of lava shot out of the volcano
when you are telling how many there are of something that can be counted. A great number of rocks tumbled down the mountain.
Remember , the word quantity
may be used both with things that can be counted and with things that cannot be counted. Antarctica is covered by a great quantity of ice. A large quantity of penguins live in that frigid land.
comes from amonter
, an early French word that means "to go up" or "rise." The French word is from a Latin phrase that means "to the mountain."