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How to use Measure Words

how to use measure words

Measure words are commonly used to talk about non-count items, such as rice, water, wine, sugar. We use the measure words to say how much of the substance you are talking about.

Let’s see some examples how we use measure words in English.


A dish of spaghetti

A bowl of rice

A can of soup

A piece of cake/pie

A pound of meat/cheese

A carton of ice cream

A box of cereal

A loaf of bread

A bag of flour

A package of pasta

A jar of peanut butter

A cube of ice

A slice of bread/pizza

A head of lettuce/cabbage

A dash of salt

A kernel of corn

A pack of gum

A stalk of celery

An ear of corn

A clove of garlic

A grain of wheat/salt

A spear of asparagus


A pint of blood

A tablespoon of vinegar

A teaspoon of medicine

A glass of water

A half gallon of juice

A cup of coffee

A tank of gas

A quart of milk

A bottle of wine

A gallon of punch

A shot of vodka

A jug of lemonade

A drop of rain

A keg of beer

Personal items

A container of shampoo

A tube of toothpaste

A bottle of perfume/cologne

A bar of soap

A stick of deodorant

A ball of cotton

A roll of toilet paper


A roll of tape

A pad of paper

A piece of paper

A bottle/tube of glue

A stick/piece of chalk

A pair of scissors

A jar of paste

Sewing items

A yard/meter of ribbon

A skein of yarn

A spool of thread

A (square) foot/meter of fabric/cloth

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