a meager amount / number of 10 pounds [money]

Nameless0

New Member
Polish - Poland
Hi,
I would like to ask which version is correct:

a) He was allowed to spend no more than a meagre amount of 10 pounds,
b) He was allowed to spend no more than a meagre number of 10 pounds.

I am in quandary. Money is uncountable but on the other hand 10 POUNDS are specified, so I don't know which option is better. I guess the first one, but I am not sure.
 
  • Winstanley808

    Banned
    English - U.S.
    a) He was allowed to spend no more than a meagre amount of 10 pounds,
    b) He was allowed to spend no more than a meagre number of 10 pounds.

    Both of these are "correct" in their grammar but they are not idiomatic, that is, they are not how native speakers would typically express the idea. In particular, neither "amount of" nor "number of" is needed; either one just makes the sentence wordy.

    He was allowed to spend no more than a meagre 10 pounds.:tick:
     
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