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    Amount of effort

    I would like to know if "the amount of effort" is a correct phrase.


    On a test I had to write a sentence using the words "to take into account" and I wrote the following sentence:

    'You have to take into account the amount of effort it takes to train a puppy.'

    This was marked as incorrect. I believe my teacher said it was because you can't quantify effort. I would like to hear someone else's opinion about this.

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    Re: Amount of effort

    Welcome to the forum.

    Your sentence is fine. You can indeed quantify 'effort'.

    'It takes a lot of effort'. 'It doesn't take much effort.' 'It takes little effort.'

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    Re: Amount of effort

    You teacher's comment is completely absurd. In addition to what Rover has said, there is minimal effort and maximal effort,

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    Re: Amount of effort

    Effort is intangible. So you can't measure it the way you would, for example, a liquid. You can't have cups of effort or ounces of effort. However, you can exert considerable effort doing something. On the other hand, you might do something effortlessly. So in that sense effort is quantifiable. (You might direct your teacher's attention to this thread.)


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    Re: Amount of effort

    Given your teacher's incorrect belief, I hope he/she never tells her students that they need to "make more effort".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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