if i want to ask about the amount of shrimps that a person eats (kilograms) per year, should i ask

How many shrimps do you eat? - > I eat 1 kilo a year.

Or maybe I should ask

How much shrimps do you eat? - > I eat 1 kilo of shrimps

because the answer supposes uncountable amount, not like " i eat 4 shrimps" but " i eat 2 kilos of shrimps" I hope you got what i mean, thanks.


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Individual shrimps are countable, e.g. "there are 50 shrimps in the pool" but, considered as a food, the uncountable noun is usually shrimp. So is the plural noun for the food product.

shrimp noun (ANIMAL) plural shrimps or shrimp a very small sea creature similar to a prawn but smaller, or its flesh eaten as food


You could ask "How much shrimp do you eat in a year?". Of course, in the real world, not many people would be able to give an answer to that question, unless (like for me) the answer is "none".

Observed annually on May 10, it is National Shrimp Day. Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood

One billion pounds of shrimp are eaten every year by Americans*.

The average American consumes 4.0 lbs. of shrimp annually.

Americans Consume One Billion Pounds Of Shrimp Annually

  • I would prefer "One billion pounds of shrimp is eaten every year by Americans"

When a measurement is being described in a sentence, that quantity takes a singular verb form. In such cases, the entire quantity is thought of as a single entity that should be considered together, not separately. See the following examples, in which the entire sample was added or tested at a single time:

In total, 10 g of tissue was tested. (NOT: 10 g of tissue were tested) Five milliliters of solvent was added to the mixture. (NOT: Five milliliters were added)

Singular and Plural Verbs with Measured Quantities


If you are referring to the number of individual shrimp, you use many, because they are countable:

"How many shrimp can you eat?"
"I can eat ten of them."

(Note that the plural of shrimp is both shrimp and shrimps. Either can be used. It's probably a bit more common to hear the singular form.)

If you are referring to shrimp in a general way, you use much:

"How much shrimp can you eat?"
"About a pound."

Note, however, that these are not absolute rules when it comes to idiomatic speech:

"How many shrimp would you like?"
"I'm having company over, so give me five pounds worth."

"How much shrimp would you like?"
"I can probably only manage five of the big ones."

So, while there is a general difference between much and many, where one is more common in a particular context, both can be used and understood.


It sounds like you want an answer in kilos, so the best way to get that kind of answer is to ask

How many kilos of shrimp[s] do you eat per year?

The s after shrimp is optional, because shrimp is both countable and uncountable, and because the plural of shrimp can be with or without an s. This NGram graph shows that it is a lot more common without an s.

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