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  1. matilda

    Talking 81-a handfull of

    Dear all


    I know that (a handful of) every thing is an amount of it, but I have to ask about it.
    1-How much is a handful of Is it a small amount of that thing or a big sum?
    2-What kind of verb I shall use with A HANDFUL OF ? A singular verb or a plural one?



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    Re: 81-a handfull of

    A handful can mean different things depending on the context. It generally means a small amount of something.

    So for example, you might hear something such as "Only a handful of participants were chosen from the thousands that entered". Obviously a group of people won't fit into ones hands, so in that context it is used to refer to a small number of people.

    If something can physically fit into a hand, for example jelly beans, then a handful is likely to literally be a similar amount to which can fit into a hand.

    Also, use plural verbs. Singular ones don't make sense with its usage.

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