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Food Quantifiers

Referring to specific amounts or units

 

 

 

Container Quantifiers for Food

MOSTLY LIQUID CONTAINERS


a spoonful of honeya spoonful of

  • honey
  • medicine
  • ice cream
  • sugar

a glass of milka glass of, a bottle of

  • milk
  • water
  • beer
  • wine
  • cola

coffee cupa cup of, a mug of, a pot of

  • coffee
  • tea
  • cocoa
  • hot water

a mug of beera mug of , a glass of, a stein of, a barrel of

  • beer
  • cola
  • lemonade
  • soda

a pod of peasa pitcher of

  • water
  • lemonade
  • juice

a barrel ofa barrel of

  • wine
  • vinegar
  • olive oil
  • whiskey

 

a gallon/liter ofa gallon of, a liter of

  • milk
  • wine
  • oil
  • orange juice
  • water

a peck ofa peck of  (~2 gallons)

  • apples
  • peaches
  • pears
  • pickled peppers
MOSTLY DRY CONTAINERS


a bag of flour a bag of  (paper or plastic)

  • flour
  • sugar
  • oats
  • beans

a sack of ricea sack of

  • flour
  • rice
  • corn
  • wheat

a box of pastaa box, a tin, a carton   

  • pasta
  • cookies
  • rice
  • crackers

a slice of breada carton of   (liquid or dry)

  • eggs
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • soup

platea plate of

  • cookies
  • food
  • candy

a bowl of a bowl of

  • cereal
  • fruit
  • soup

a pound/kilo ofa pound of, a kilo of

  • meat
  • apples
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • coffee

a bushela bushel of  (4 pecks, 8 gallons)

  • apples
  • barley
  • wheat
  • maize
  • oats
 

Also see  Quantity Phrases – negative, Determiners "Basic Markers", Some / Any, Little / Few 
bushel – (Wikipedia)  / peck – (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

Quantifier

Shapes

 

 

Shape Quantifiers for Food

NONCOUNT FOOD NOUN

LONG

a stalk of celerya stalk of

  • of celery  (a rib of celery)
  • rhubarb
  • broccoli

spear of asparagus
a spear of

  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • lemongrass

a stick of guma stick of   

  • gum
  • cinnamon
  • butter

ROUND

a pod of peasa head of

  • lettuce
  • cabbage /cauliflower
  • garlic
  • broccoli  "a crown"

a pod of peasan ear of  (ear botany)

  • corn
  • wheat

a pod of peasa wheel of

  • cheese (Swiss)
  • Gruyère
  • cheddar

a slice of salamia slice of

  • salami
  • bread (squarish)
  • meat
  • ham
  • cheese

PART

a pod of peasa pod of  (pods)

  • peas
  • beans
  • vanilla
  • cocoa

a sprig of parsleya clove of

  • garlic (a section)
  • shallots

a bunch of grapesa bunch / a cluster of

  • grapes / dates / figs "cluster"
  • tomatoes
  • bananas
  • onions  (bunch)
  • carrots  (bunch)

a sprig of parsleya sprig of

  • parsley / cilantro
  • dill / fennel
  • mint / spearmint
  • thyme / oregano / rosemary
NONCOUNT FOOD NOUN

FLAT

stack of pancakes with a pat of buttera stack of

  • pancakes with a pat of butter
  • tortillas
  • toast

a bed of lettucea leaf of

  • lettuce
  • kale
  • cabbage
  • basil

gum sticka sheet of   

  • dough
  • filo
  • pastry
  • pasta (lasagna)

RECTANGLE

a bar of chocolatea bar of, a square of  

  • chocolate
  • ice-cream (bar)

a cube of buttera cube of (small)

  • butter  (stick)
  • sugar
  • bouillon  (meat flavor)
  • ice

a cube of buttera block of  (large)

  • ice
  • feta (Greek soft cheese)
  • chocolate

a loaf of breada loaf of

  • bread
  • banana bread
  • meat loaf  (ground meat mix)

HAND MEASURE

a dash of salta dash

  • salt
  • pepper
  • cumin
  • cinnamon

a dash of saltpinch of   

  • salt
  • pepper
  • cinnamon
  • sugar

a sprig of parsleya handful of  

  • olives
  • cherry tomatoes
  • nuts
  • raisins
  • beans

a sprig of parsleyan armful of, an armload of  

  • radishes
  • onions
  • carrots
  • corn
 

 

 

 

 

Meat Quantifiers

The animal vs. the meat

cuts of beef

 

 

 

 

 

ANIMATE
An article is used before an animal name such as a dog, a cat, a turkey. (The noun is unspecific, any.) The word cattle is an exception.

cattlecattle (no singular form exists)

a calf (a young milk fed animal)

Cattle is the collective noun for cows, bulls, steers and heifers.

A steer is a young castrated male.
A
heifer is a young female.

a turkeya turkey

a chicken

a duck    

a goose    

 

fisha fish 

INANIMATE
Food substances are not usually countable unless they have quantifiers. They are either too small to count, or they are are liquids.

roast beefbeef, veal  (young or milk fed) 

  • a roast of beef  (roast beef)
  • a leg / a shoulder
  • a rib / a chop
  • a flank
  • a steak / a slice
  • a patty (hamburger–ground meat)

roast turkeyturkey, chicken, duck

  • a roast
  • a leg
  • a wing
  • a breast
  • a boned turkey
  • a patty (turkey burger)

fish filletfish

  • a whole halibut
  • a tail 
  • a fillet 
  • a steak 
  • a patty 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Meat Quantifiers

 

 

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1.
calf

2.
a pig

3.
a bull or steer

4.
a sheep

5.
rooster

6.
steak

7.

8.
ham

9.
legs

10.
a chicken breast

 

 

 

Practice 2

Food Quantifiers

 

 

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11.

12.
cheese cut into cubes

13.
cheese cut into cubes

14.
bread slice

15.

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 3

Food Quantifiers in a Recipe

salad ingredients

 

 

 

A Greek Salad

To make a salad , wash ___ lettuce thoroughly and pat the leaves dry. Remove three ____ celery, wash, and slice it into small pieces. Boil five ____ asparagus for 1 minute and let cool.  Arrange the ____ lettuce on a plate and create a "bed". Slice the tomatoes very thin.  Place the ____ tomato on the lettuce in a fan shape. Lay the ___ asparagus on top of the ___ tomato and lettuce Take a ___ feta cheese and crumble it into pieces on top of the tomatoes.

Place a few ____ basil on top of the feta. Put ___ olives around the edges. Mix one ___ vinegar with ___ olive oil. Add a ___ dried oregano, salt and pepper. Pour a ___ the dressing (vinaigrette) over the salad and serve. Serve with a ___ water.  Add a few ___ ice to keep the water chilled. And add a couple of ___ lemon for flavor.

 
 

 

Edit  and add quantifiers.

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16.
Wash ___ lettuce thoroughly and pat the leaves dry.


17.
Remove three ____ celery, wash, and slice it into small pieces.


18.
Boil five ____ asparagus for 1 minute and let cool.


19.
Lay the ____ lettuce on a plate and create a "bed".


20.
Slice the tomatoes very thin. Place the ____ tomato on the lettuce in a fan shape.


21.
Lay the ____ asparagus on top of the ___ tomato and the ___ lettuce.


22.
Take a ___ feta cheese and crumble it into pieces on top of the tomatoes.


23.
Place a few ____ basil on top of the feta.


24.
Put ___ olives around the edges of the dish.


25.
Mix one ___ vinegar with one ___ olive oil.


26.
Add a ___ oregano, salt and pepper. 


27.
Pour a ___ dressing over the salad.  (dressing – vinaigrette)


28.
Serve with a ___ sparkling water(sparkling – carbonated, with gas)


29.
Add a few ___ ice to keep the water chilled.


30.
And add a couple of _____ lemon for flavor.