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Common Measure Words with Uncountable Nouns

Partitive expressions using measure words collocate strongly.
  • a bag of flour | rice | gold dust
  • a bar of chocolate | gold | soap
  • a bottle of Coke | milk | water | wine
  • a bowl of cereal | rice | soup
  • a box of cereal | paper
  • a can of cream | meat | tuna
  • a carton of ice-cream | orange juice | milk
  • a cup of hot chocolate | coffee | tea
  • a drop of blood | oil | water
  • a glass of beer | juice | water | wine
  • a grain of rice | sand | truth
  • an item of clothing | expenditure | news
  • a jar of honey | jam | peanut butter
  • a piece of advice | furniture | paper
  • a roll of paper | tape | toilet paper | Scotch tape
  • a slice of bread | cheese | meat | toast
  • a spoonful of sugar | syrup | whisky
  • a tablespoon of butter | honey | ketchup
  • a teaspoon of cinnamon | medicine | salt
  • a tube of glue | lipstick | toothpaste

Measure words are common with uncountable nouns, but some of them can also be used with countable nouns, for example: two boxes of matches, a can of worms.

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