Pieces and amounts


Pieces and amounts
There are many words which are used in front of `of' and an uncount noun to refer to a piece of something or a particular amount of something. The most common words are given here.
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Some words can be used to refer to a piece or amount of many kinds of substance:
atom, ball, bit, block, chunk, crumb, dab, dollop, flake, fragment, heap, hunk, lump, mass, molecule, mound, mountain, patch, particle, piece, pile, pinch, ring, roll, scrap, sheet, shred, slab, slice, sliver, speck, splinter, stick, strip, trace, tuft, wad, wedge, wodge

Always kneel on a bit of sponge rubber.

...a big comforting soup, with lumps of bacon, and chunks of potato and cabbage stalk.

An arrow painted on a strip of plywood indicated a ticket office.

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Some words are used to refer to an amount of a liquid:
dash, dribble, drop, globule, jet, pool, puddle, splash, spot, trickle

Rub a drop of vinegar into the spot where you were stung.

A high pressure jet of water was directed onto the set of plates causing the pulley to spin.

One fireman was kneeling down in a great pool of oil.

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food
Helping, portion, and serving are used when talking about the amount of a particular kind of food that you are given at a meal.

He had two helpings of ice-cream.

I chose a hefty portion of local salmon.

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You can refer to a small piece of food as a morsel of food.

He had a morsel of food caught between one tooth and another.

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typical pieces and amounts
The following table shows you which word is typically used to refer to a piece or amount of something of a particular kind.
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measurements and containers
You can also refer to an amount of something using a measurement noun such as `pound' or `metre', or a noun referring to a container such as `bottle' or `box'. See entry at ↑ Measurements and section on containers in entry at ↑ Quantity.
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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