I was reading about something and wondering what quantity of natural resources it would require to accomplish, as a general way of understanding the magnitude of the project. But I hit a bit of a grammatical stumbling block trying to form this question in my head:
“How many resources (would this take)?” - this isn’t right because it implies a discrete quantity, which I would read to mean “how many types of resources would this take?” and not “what quantity of resources”.
“How much resources?” Obviously this doesn’t sound right either because “resources” is a plural word and “much”, though it implies a continuous quantity, typically takes a singular noun. But “How much resource” doesn’t work either.
So the only way I can think of to say this is “what quantity of resources would this take?” But that seems like a mouthful. Is there no other way to phrase this question (aside from being more specific than “resources” or “natural resources” and instead saying something like “how much coal” or “how much energy”)?