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    Number and Amount

    Can you tell me how to use "Number" and "Amount" correctly? Please give me some examples if you don't mind.

    Which is the most suitable for this sentence?
    Many of the minerals near the Earth's surface exist(s) in small ____________.
    (I'm not sure if either exist or exists is correct. Help me with this, too!)

    One more thing, please! Are there any difference between "a number of" and "the number of"?
    Thanks for all your help.
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    Re: Number and Amount

    What do you think? Give us your idea first.

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    Re: Number and Amount

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    Many of the minerals near the Earth's surface exist(s) in small . quantities .
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    Re: Number and Amount

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What do you think? Give us your idea first.
    I think "minerals" is a plural noun, so I'll complete that sentence like this:
    Many of the minerals near the Earth's surface exist in small number.
    I'm not sure if it's correct. Please correct it!
    Thanks.

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    Re: Number and Amount

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    I think "minerals" is a plural noun, so I'll complete that sentence like this:
    Many of the minerals near the Earth's surface exist in small number.
    I'm not sure if it's correct. Please correct it!
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    No, that's wrong, so is 'amount'. You need to write 'amounts'.
    Gold exists in a small amount. Silver exists in a small amount. These minerals exist in small amounts.

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