• Try to reduce the .......... of cups of tea you drink a day (amount - Quantity - Number) Some help please
  • The latter two are both acceptable usages. You could say "Try to reduce the amount of tea you drink a day" as well, as "tea" is not countable.
    – Travis
    Sep 19, 2020 at 23:05
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    In general, if you have "of cups" in there then a count is implied and "number" is most appropriate. Drop "of cups" and "amount" or "quantity" would be more appropriate.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 19, 2020 at 23:12
  • From now on I am asking every question, here and i.r.l., as simply What is the answer?
    – Unrelated
    Sep 19, 2020 at 23:22

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I don't know if you want the American answer, but an amount is always preceded by a currency symbol, such as a dollar sign. A quantity is followed by a unit of measure, such as a gallon. For the people who make coffeemakers, 1 cup equals 4 ounces. For British tea drinkers, probably not.

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    "Amount " can certainly be used for non-currency things - the amount of evidence, the amount of gasoline. Sep 20, 2020 at 3:01
  • American dictionaries disagree with this answer.
    – nnnnnn
    Sep 20, 2020 at 4:01

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