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Nouns #8: Uncountable Nouns (Quantifiers #1), by Dennis Oliver

Nouns #8:
Uncountable Nouns (Quantifiers #1)


Because uncountable nouns in English do not have plurals
and cannot be counted in the normal way, quantifiers
are often used as a way of "measuring" them. The basic
quantifiers are some, any, a little, and a lot of, but there
are many more.

One group of quantifiers is common with food and items
found at home: the names of the containers in which the
items are sold:

  quantifier (container)   uncountable nouns
  a bag of _____   candy, flour, sugar, rice
  a bottle of _____   water, wine, beer, ketchup
(catsup), vinegar, juice,
soy sauce, cooking oil,
olive oil, salad dressing, soda,
aspirin (or other medicine)
  a box of _____   detergent, salt, candy,
cereal, chalk, baking soda,
pasta, jello, sugar
  a can of _____   fruit, motor oil, beer, soda,
baking powder, paint
  a carton of _____   soda, ice cream, milk,
creamer, juice
  a jar of _____   jam, jelly, mustard, relish,
fruit, mayonnaise
  a pack of _____   gum
  a package of _____   meat
  a six-pack of _____   beer, soda
  a tin of _____   aspirin
  a tub of _____   margarine
  a tube of _____   toothpaste, lipstick, shampoo



Special Note:

These containers can also be used for countable nouns:

a bag of potato chips / potatoes / apples /
onions / groceries;

a box of paper clips / cigars / envelopes / kleenex /
crackers / chocolates;

a can of beans (and other fruits and vegetables);

a carton of cigarettes / eggs;

a jar of olives / pickles;

a pack of cigarettes / razor blades;

a tin of sardines

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