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    Lilac takes in large amounts of toxic chemicals.

    "Lilac takes in large amounts of toxic chemicals"


    Is correct to put a plural noun after amounts of?

    Also, is there any difference '(large) amounts of' and 'a (large) amount of' ?

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    Re: Lilac takes in large amounts of toxic chemicals.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    "Lilac takes in large amounts of toxic chemicals"


    Is correct to put a plural noun after amounts of?

    Also, is there any difference '(large) amounts of' and 'a (large) amount of' ?
    Yes, the plural is correct. It suggests that they take in different chemicals, not just the one sort.
    "Lilac takes in large amounts of a toxic chemical" means there's a single chemical that they take in large amounts (in a large amount).
    "Lilac takes in large amounts of toxic chemical" doesn't work for me.


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