I'm a software developer, and as such I often come in contact with situations where I need to name variables related to the following context:
4 apples for $3 each equals $12
My problem is the word
amount because it feels as natural to write
amount of items (4) as
amount each ($3) or
total amount to pay ($12). But obviously I can't use the word
amount for all of them and would like some guidance on what word to use in each situation.
English isn't my native language and I guess that's where my problem begins. What I basically would like to know, is:
- What is the best word to describe when you're counting items? My backup plan is
NoOfItemsbut it's a bit complex with three words, I was hoping for a single word or something else more intuitive.
- What is the best word to describe when you're describing a value? I can't use
sumbecause sometimes it's a single value that hasn't been summarised.
Thanks a lot...