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Nouns #11, by Dennis Oliver

Nouns #11:
Uncountable Nouns (Quantifiers #4)

  Uncountable nouns in English do not have plurals and
cannot be counted in the normal way. For this reason,
quantifiers are often used to "measure" them. Besides
basic quantifiers (like some, any, a little, a lot of;
names of containers in which items are sold; containers
for serving, and measurements of weight and volume),
other quantifiers are also used:
  other quantifiers   uncountable nouns
  a bar of _____   soap
  a cube / lump of _____   sugar
  a dollop of _____   mayonnaise, sour cream,
whipped cream
  a loaf of _____   bread
  a pat of _____   butter
  a piece of _____   paper, pie, cake, bread,
meat (beef, chicken, etc.),
pizza, cheese, gum, candy
  a quire / ream of _____   paper
  a slice of _____   bread, cake, meat,
meat loaf, cheese, butter
  a stick of _____   gum, butter
  a wedge of _____   cheese


Special Notes:


Numbers are commonly used with the quantifiers
shown above:

two bars of soap

three cubes of sugar

two loaves of bread

10 pieces of paper



There are also a few quantifiers that refer to
numbers. They're also used with countable nouns:

a pair (two) of shoes / socks / hose / sandals /
boots / pants / slacks / shorts / jeans / overalls /
coveralls / eyeglasses / earrings etc.

a dozen (12) eggs / donuts / cookies

a six-pack (package of 6) of beer / soda etc.


Notice that dozen does not use of.

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