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    Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Hi Teachers,

    To explain sentence 'a' it is appropriate to use sentence 'b', if I'm not mistaken.
    a) There are a lot of books on the shelf.
    b) There is a big number of books on the shelf.

    Which one is most appropriate to explain sentence 'a', 'b' or 'c'?
    a) There is a lot of traffic in the street.
    b) There is a big quantity of traffic in the street.
    c) There is a big amount of traffic on the street.

    The issue is, which term is better for uncountable nouns, 'quantity' or 'amount'?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    The following two sentences are fine:

    There are a lot of books on the shelf.
    There is a lot of traffic in the street.

    "A big number of traffic, a big quantity of traffic, and a big amount of traffic" are all quite awkward and incorrect as you have used them in your examples. "A large amount of traffic..." would be preferrable, in my opinion.

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    The following two sentences are fine:

    There are a lot of books on the shelf.
    There is a lot of traffic in the street.

    "A big number of traffic, a big quantity of traffic, and a big amount of traffic" are all quite awkward and incorrect as you have used them in your examples. "A large amount of traffic..." would be preferrable, in my opinion.
    Hi John,
    Thank you for your reply, and so will be 'a large number of' for 'a lot of' books?

    L54

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi John,
    Thank you for your reply, and so will be 'a large number of' for 'a lot of' books?

    L54
    Yes, "large" rather than "big".

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes "large" rather than "big".
    Hi,
    Thank you vey much for your reply.

    Best,
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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Hi,
    Are "A large quantity of traffic', and 'a big amount of traffic" interchangeable?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    Are "A large quantity of traffic', and 'a big amount of traffic" interchangeable?

    Thanks in advance
    Both are equally unnatural.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    Are "A large quantity of traffic', and 'a big amount of traffic" interchangeable?

    Thanks in advance
    I find them both unnatural. I would say "a lot of traffic".

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Are "A large quantity of traffic', and 'a big amount of traffic" interchangeable?
    In that they both sound unnatural, yes.

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    Re: Terms for uncountable nouns: quantity versus amount

    Three of us together that time.

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