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    Hello again,

    Do we say "a table spoon OF flour" , "2 litres OF oil" OR

    "a table spoon flour"/"2 litres oil"?

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    W

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    Re: OF

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello again,

    Do we say "a table spoon OF flour" , "2 litres OF oil" OR

    "a table spoon flour"/"2 litres oil"?

    Thanks
    W
    You should use "of" in this context.

    HOWEVER(!) - in recipe books, when they list the ingredients, they frequently miss out the word "of":

    500ml oil
    1 tbsp white flour
    3 lbs potatoes
    250g butter

    This is usually in order to save space on the page and to avoid the constant repetition of the word "of". In a normal sentence, it's important to use the word "of":

    I made a delicious cake and it only had one tablespoon of butter, ten grams of sugar and 100 grams of flour.

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