a big amount / number of teachers

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Senior Member
I'm writing to ask you if we can use the word 'amount' with a countable noun like in the following sentence:

A big amount of teachers also means many extra classes.

As it seems to me the sentence should go this way:

A big number of teachers also means a lot of classes.

Am I right?

Thank you.
  • secretlife

    Senior Member
    British English
    With countable nouns you use "number" and when you cannot count it you use amount. (I expect other more experienced members will send you a link to somewhere where this is discussed or explained) Both a lot of and many are OK. I would personally say a "large" number of teachers, rather than "big" though.
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