1

The dictionary enlists it as "fund," but the word "funds" is used quite often and it means money (Ok, it can have other meanings as well. I get that)

Do I say, then,

how much funds did the organization raise? (because I am talking about an amount)

or

how many funds did the organization raise?

I don't care if you're a native speaker, but please answer this if you're sure about the correct usage. Many thanks.

5

Fund is a countable noun meaning an amount of money kept for a specific purpose. There can be many different funds.

Funds, in addition to its meaning as the plural of fund, is used as an uncountable noun synonymous with "money." Thus, it would take the comparative adjective "much" just as "money" does:

How much funds did the organization raise?

However, the construction is awkward, and would seldom be used by a native speaker. Instead, we would say "How much money?"

  • Very much so... I wouldn't use "funds" in this way. I'd use "money" all the way. – Catija Jul 29 '16 at 22:39
  • Thank you, and I agree. It sounded off to me too. The problem is that "funds" is such a key word for what I am writing. – asef Jul 29 '16 at 22:42
  • @Asaf - You have many options: capital, assets, money, etc., depending upon the context. – P. E. Dant Jul 29 '16 at 22:51
  • And then there's funding... I think in funds works ok in that sentence though maybe still seems a little weird. Try funding though. – shawnt00 Jul 30 '16 at 3:49

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.