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    unit in english

    Dear Gurus

    where can I find information about units in English..

    like how do you say?

    One X of a feather?, what is the unit for a feather?

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    Re: unit in english

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmind View Post
    Dear Gurus

    where can I find information about units in English..

    like how do you say?

    One X of a feather?, what is the unit for a feather?
    Search under "Weights and measures" or "SI units".

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    Re: unit in english

    Thanks for helping out, but those are too technical.

    I just want to know how to say

    One X of a tree
    One X of a feather

    that kind of things

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    Re: unit in english

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmind View Post
    what is the unit for a feather?
    What is the unit for a feather? I don't understand what you mean. Can you explain it?

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    #5

    Re: unit in english

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    What is the unit for a feather? I don't understand what you mean. Can you explain it?
    one feather

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    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    one feather
    Well, that's how I understand it, but is the poster asking about it?

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    Re: unit in english

    I am sorry, let me make myself clear.
    I meant like you say. "one PIECE of paper", you use "piece" for paper, how do you describe one feather? One stalk of a feather? what's about tree?

    thanks!

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    Can't you, like corum suggested, say one feather and one tree?

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    Re: unit in english

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmind View Post
    I am sorry, let me make myself clear.
    I meant like you say. "one PIECE of paper", you use "piece" for paper, how do you describe one feather? One stalk of a feather? what's about tree?

    thanks!
    I know what you're asking. But it's not that easy.
    For paper, for example, you can have a sheet of paper, a piece of paper, a ream of paper, a roll of paper ...
    A cupful of wheat, a field of wheat, a bushel of wheat ...

    Here's a link to Collective nouns:
    Fun With Words: Collective Nouns

    That's not exactly what you want, because you're asking about descriptions for a single item. Generally, single items don't have terms that go with them unless there's something logical as in the examples I've given. Otherwise it's just paper, wheat, or some paper, some wheat ...

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    Re: unit in english

    thank you, that list is very helpful!

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