Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

Misuse of the word "amount" is frequent. It is not applicable to discrete elements of sets, nor is it applicable to sums of discrete units or items. We say "an amount of money", but not an "amount of coins". We say "a number of coins", but not "a number of money". "Amount" should never be used where "number" is the clearest way. 00:15, 17 May 2010 (UTC) (Hu of Wikipedia)

RFV discussion: January–February 2012[edit]

TK archive icon.svg

The following discussion has been moved from Wiktionary:Requests for verification (permalink).

This discussion is no longer live and is left here as an archive. Please do not modify this conversation, though feel free to discuss its conclusions.


(Rfv-sense) The second definition is incorrect - it actually means to be the same as or to be equivalent to - it only means succeed when used in conjunction with much. I'll edit the entry if someone confirms. Saltmarshαπάντηση 11:24, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

Not only with much. Something also works. It is often used in the negative: "It'll never amount to 'a bucket of warm spit'/'a hill of beans'/'anything'/'more than a pipedream'." Some dictionaries have "amount to" as an idiom/phrasal verb. DCDuring TALK 18:37, 19 January 2012 (UTC)
This is overwhelmingly amount to. Rarely (< 0.1%) "amount upto". DCDuring TALK 18:48, 19 January 2012 (UTC)
done Saltmarshαπάντηση 05:32, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
Resolved, AFAICT. - -sche (discuss) 03:21, 28 February 2012 (UTC)