symbol or word indicating a quantity of units; numeral
quantity or amount
of nouns and verbs, depending on whether one or more than one thing is talked about
a group of people
a (copy of a) magazine printed at a regular time
a piece of music
item that is admired
find the number of; count
give a number to
add up to
"he had a number of chores to do"
"the number of parameters is small"
"the figure was about a thousand"
"every number has a unique position in the sequence"
"he did his act three times every evening"
"she had a catchy little routine"
"it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
"he has an unlisted number"
"he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
"she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room"
"I hope to become one of their number before I die"
"she refused to give them her Social Security number"
"a number 13 shoe"
"in English the subject and the verb must agree in number"
"she preferred the black nylon number"
"this sweater is an all-wool number"
"The bills amounted to $2,000"
"The bill came to $2,000"
"You should number the pages of the thesis"
"We must number the names of the great mathematicians"
"The academy counts several Nobel Prize winners among its members"
"Can you count the books on your shelf?"
"Count your change"
The number of cars swelled to about three hundred.
出自： M. L. King
Changed both the type and the numbers of animals living in the Arctic.
出自： B. Lopez
Greylag numbers were very low during March.
Glumly I numbered the things I..had not done.
出自： W. Golding
The group numbers him among its members.
He was numbered among the best writers in China.
该连士兵由左向右报数。 number sb ⇔ off
The officer numbered the men off.
You should be numbered with the great.
误 Students are increasing in their number.
正 Students are increasing in number.
析 in number表示在“总体上”, in与number之间不需加任何限定词。
误 The Arabic numbers are different from the Roman numbers in writing.
正 The Arabic numerals are different from the Roman numerals in writing.
析 number表示数字,如1,2,3等; 而numeral表示某种数字的符号,如罗马数字的Ⅰ,Ⅱ,Ⅲ等。
误 There is a large number of people at the station.
正 There are a large number of people at the station.
析 “the number of+复数名词”意为“…的数目”,当这一结构作主语时,谓语动词用单数形式。“a number of+复数名词”相当于“many〔some〕+复数名词”,当这一结构作主语时,谓语动词通常用复数形式。
误 The number of money needed became larger everyday.
正 The amount of money needed became larger everyday.
析 the amount of与不可数名词连用, the number of与可数名词连用。