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Grammar Stinks!
Hold your nose! Three of the smelliest creatures on Earth will help you with number and amount

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DIRECTIONS: Read each of the paragraphs. Circle the correct word in each number/amount pair.

HINT: Number or Amount?
Use number when the noun you’re referring to is countable (cousins, pancakes, days until your birthday). Use amount for something that cannot be exactly counted (laughter, oxygen, respect, furniture).

Millipede: It can’t run. It can’t bite or sting, and it can’t see very well. So how does a millipede survive? Some species protect themselves by shooting a small number/amount of yellowish, foul-smelling liquid out of their bodies. This chemical, called hydrogen cyanide, is lethal. But don’t worry. It would take a huge number/amount of millipedes to do a human any harm. Mostly, these creepy crawlies will just gross you out.

Sloth: Aww, you just want to give him a hug, right? Wrong! There are a number/amount of reasons you should avoid cuddling with a sloth. These malodorous mammals do clean themselves occasionally, but that doesn’t help with the significant number/amount of green algae that grows on their bodies. Combine that mossy stench with the hordes of beetles and moths living in their fur, and you’ve got one putrid snuggle buddy!

Vulture: Expect a certain number/amount of gagging if you approach a vulture. These birds have a nauseating way of dealing with threats: They puke. Yep. If the horrendous smell of bird barf isn’t enough to send you running, perhaps the stomach acid is. Vulture vomit can dissolve metal, so you don’t want to get even a small number/amount on your skin. Oh, and as long as we’re being totally gross, did you know that vultures urinate on themselves to keep cool?