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Atatürk
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 5:21:21 AM

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Hi

which one is correct?


The consumption of fatty, starchy foods triggers increasing the amount of calories stored in the body.

The consumption of fatty, starchy foods triggers increasing the number of calories stored in the body.

thar
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 5:36:07 AM

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Neither. Triggers+ noun.
Not a gerund if there is a noun available
An earthquake triggers a tsunami
The consumption of fatty, starchy foods triggers an increase in...

But with that correction, probably both, or even neither.

Calories are a unit of measurement, so technically it may be the number of calories or the amount of energy.


But in practice you could probably say the amount of calories and most people wouldn't see anything amiss. People see calories as objects in themselves, not just units of energy. Like miles being objects you travel, not just units of distance.

I actually don't think you need either. You can just increase the calories.

sureshot
Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020 8:53:24 AM
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Atatürk wrote:
Hi

which one is correct?


The consumption of fatty, starchy foods triggers increasing the amount of calories stored in the body.

The consumption of fatty, starchy foods triggers increasing the number of calories stored in the body.


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I agree with thar and his sentence "The consumption of fatty, starchy foods increases the calories stored in the body." The sentence adequately conveys the desired sense. However, if you wish to retain "triggers" (= to make something happen very quickly) you could say:

- The consumption of fatty, starchy foods triggers an increase in the number of calories stored in the body. (It implies that the increase happens very quickly.)

In formal context, "calories" is a countable noun. "Amount" agrees with an uncountable noun. I think that you basically sought a clarification on this point.
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