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    Hello all
    How are you doing?
    Is (quantity) used for countable nouns or noncountable nouns?
    For example, (less) is used for noncountable nouns

    Regards,

    Mathilde

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    For both.

    I'll explain their use by practical examples:

    Countable nouns

    - There are more oranges than apples on the table.

    - I sold less cakes today than yesterday.

    Uncountable nouns

    - There is more sugar than flour in the cupboard.

    - I sold less coffee than tea last month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kismet View Post
    Countable nouns

    - There are more oranges than apples on the table.

    - I sold less cakes today than yesterday.
    I sold fewer cakes today than yesterday.
    "Less" is colloquial, but "fewer" is more correct for countable things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I sold fewer cakes today than yesterday.
    "Less" is colloquial, but "fewer" is more correct for countable things.
    Oh yes, Raymott! Thank you for correcting me! (I was betrayed by my half French nature!!!)

    Then, we use "more" for both countable and uncountable nouns, and "less" for uncountable nouns and "few/er" for countable ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kismet View Post
    Oh yes, Raymott! Thank you for correcting me! (I was betrayed by my half French nature!!!)

    Then, we use "more" for both countable and uncountable nouns, and "less" for uncountable nouns and "few/er" for countable ones.
    That's right. "Less water, fewer fish".

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    thank you both my friends.
    But I still have problem.Look at the following example please:

    Work is a measure of the (quantity)/(amount) of energy,needed to move an object.

    In this example,the answer key said that amount is correct and Quantity is incorrect.
    Or in this one:

    The amount of moisture in atmosphere is less important to us than the (quantity) of water that falls to earth.

    Why?
    I do not know the correct place of using quantity and amount

    Regards,

    Mathilde

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