I know it sounds stupid, but what do you say when referring to getting a certain amount of (countable) fruits or vegetables? Do I have to say What's the amount of apples you're getting? How many pounds?
Obviously, it would be wrong to say How much of the apples are you getting? The other person would reply Five pounds.
Please tell me. Thank you.
[not a teacher]
I'm not entirely clear on what you're asking. However, I would ask these two questions:
How many apples are you getting? Three apples.
How many pounds of apples are you getting? 1.5 pounds of apples.
How much apple does the recipe call for? Three apples. (This would be a less frequent usage.)
Last edited by BobSmith; 16-Feb-2012 at 12:50. Reason: Adding "much" example
It's not the potatoes or the bread on their own, Susan explains, but what you add to it that brings on excess weight. "A single tablespoon of sour cream contains 25 calories and a tablespoon of butter has 100 calories. How much of these are you putting on your bread and potatoes?" she asks. In addition to those extras, "think about how much of potatoes or bread you are eating. If you stick to a normal portion size and limit your number of servings, your diet will balance out with calories."
I still wonder whether this sounds natural to native ears:
How much of (=what amount of) potatoes did he get?
I agree it sounds terrible, but I can also see where the speaker is trying to connect "how much" to "what you're eating". The “of potatoes” is rather incidental here, IMO.