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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.

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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?"

Funds takes the plural when it serves as the subject:

The funds are not sufficient to the task.

When all is said and done, funds, when used to connote money, is a plural uncountable noun.

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  • Very much so... I wouldn't use "funds" in this way. I'd use "money" all the way.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 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
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 22:42
  • @Asaf - You have many options: capital, assets, money, etc., depending upon the context. Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 22:51
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    If it's the subject of a verb, though, it takes the plural conjugation: "The funds are insufficient". Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 4:44
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    @Ryo - In your instance, "I'll use these funds" is idiomatic and correct. Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 4:46
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According to Cambridge Dictionary, "funds" is a plural noun

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which means

money, often money for a specific purpose.

The dict also gives these examples

I’m short of/low on funds at the moment.

The Brownies sold cookies to raise funds for their troop.

The second example use "funds" the same way as you example.

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