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Nouns #10: Uncountable Nouns (Quantifiers #3), by Dennis Oliver

Nouns #10:
Uncountable Nouns (Quantifiers #3)

  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. Quantifiers like some, any, a little, a lot of,
and names of the containers in which items are sold
are commonly used with uncountable nouns, as are
quantifiers which show measurements of weight,
volume, etc.:
  measurement   uncountable nouns
  a fifth of _____   whiskey, scotch, rum,
other alcoholic beverages
(but not wine)
  a gallon of _____   gasoline, milk, juice,
ice cream
  a half gallon of _____   milk, ice cream
  a quart of _____   milk, juice, ice cream,
motor oil
  a pint of _____   milk, juice, ice cream,
motor oil, whiskey
  an ounce of _____   perfume
  a pound of _____   flour, sugar, coffee, beef,
hamburger, other meat,
butter, corn meal, cheese
  a tank of _____   gasoline
  a ton of _____   coal


Special Notes:



Quantifiers showing measurements may also be
used with countable nouns:

a pound of potatoes, tomatoes, other vegetables




Numbers and containers may also be combined
with measurements which are used as quantifiers:

a three-pound can of coffee

a five-pound bag of flour / sugar / potatoes

a 10-gallon tank of gas (gas tank)

Note that the number and measurement are
hyphenated ( __ - __ ) and that the measurement
is singular, not plural.

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