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Expressing Quantity

Each phrase below ends with a non-count noun (for example, stuff, sugar, or homework). In order to express quantity with such non-count nouns, you must use a phrase consisting of the following components in the order shown:

A. a word expressing the quantity
B. a count noun
C. the preposition of
D. the non-count noun

For each phrase below, consider a possible choice for an appropriate count noun that could appear in the blank space. Then click on ANSWER to see some possible choices.

1. Several ________ of sugar. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: boxes, cubes, bowls, packets.

2. Three ________ of homework. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: hours, kinds, pieces.

3. Some ________ of ice. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: cubes, bags, lumps, pieces.

4. Fifty ________ of evidence. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: traces, pieces, bags, rules.

5. A few ________ of rice. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: boxes, tons, fields.

6. A ________ of sunshine. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: ray, day, moment.

7. Two ________ of football. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: games, halves, hours.

8. A dozen ________ of oxygen. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: containers, cylinders, pounds, bottles.

9. Lots of ________ of food. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: bags, truckloads, cans, boxes.

10. Ten ________ of gasoline. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: gallons, tanks, liters, cans.

11. Several ________ of soap. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: bars, cakes, boxes, pieces.

12. One ________ of traffic. ANSWER
POSSIBLE CHOICES: lane, line.