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Which is more appropriate? number or quantity?

This recipe requires a large number/quantity of eggs and a generous amount of butter.

I'm a bit inclined to use quantity because it gels well with "a generous amount of butter".

a large quantity of eggs and a generous amount of butter.

  • You could go with "A large number of eggs and a generous quantity of butter". :D English is really flexible, so do whichever of them you prefer. – Catija May 29 '15 at 17:00
  • Well, you couldn't say " a generous number of butter". :P – Catija May 29 '15 at 17:05
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Personally, I prefer "number" because eggs are countable (not "count").

Quantity can refer to numbers as well but they can also refer to volumes and weights.

Technically both are acceptable and will be understood.

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    +1 Me, if I'm being that vague I'll just say "This recipe takes a lot of eggs and butter". – StoneyB on hiatus May 29 '15 at 16:46
  • I'm a bit inclined to use quantity because it gels well with "a generous amount of butter". – Phoenix May 29 '15 at 16:55

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