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    ngoc_lan is offline Member
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    Default "A number of" and "a great deal of"

    Are there any differences between "a number of" and "a great deal of"?
    If I say: "He visited ______ countries", which word is correct?
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    Default Re: "A number of" and "a great deal of"

    They are not used in the same way.

    'He visited a number of countries' (maybe three or four).

    'He visited a great number of (or 'a great many') countries' (about 15 to 20).

    'His alcoholism caused his family a great deal of hardship'.

    'Passing my driving test gave me a great deal of pleasure'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: "A number of" and "a great deal of"

    Thank you very much

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    Default Re: "A number of" and "a great deal of"

    In other words, 'a number of' + PLURAL noun, 'a great deal of ' + SINGULAR NONCOUNT noun.

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