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quantity

The noun "quantity" can be both countable and uncountable.


uncountable

Meaning: the amount of something
Example sentence: Economists mention both quality and quantity when they talk about the cost of production.

countable

Meaning: a particular amount of something or number of things
Example sentence: The police raided several homes and found various quantities of illegal drugs.


Note: (for advanced students) When used as an uncountable noun, "quantity" usually refers to an abstract concept, esp. in economics or engineering, but when used as a countable noun, it usually refers to a particular amount of a concrete substance, or a particular number of concrete objects.


Test your understanding:

In which sentence is the word "quantity" uncountable?
  1. In manufacturing, quantity greatly affects the cost of production.
  2. When larger quantities are manufactured, production cost per unit falls.

The grammar of Countable and Uncountable Nouns

Countable/Uncountable Gapfill Games
Countable/Uncountable Sorting Games

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