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    Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    Hello, dear teachers.

    In some contexts, like a bartender already knew what I wanted.

    Can I just say: I want two glasses. (I want two glasses of white wine). ?

    I have looked up some grammar books, they say words like "bottle, glass, plate" are partitives.But I didn't see partitives included "meter, liter, kilogram, hour".

    It makes me think in some context can I say:

    I want two hours. (Can this one mean " I want two hours of sleep" or just mean I want some time.)

    I want two meters. (Does this one just mean I want length?)


    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    As always, we need context.

    We can say, for example, I need eight hours' sleep a night if I am to function efficiently. ... eight hours of sleep is possible, but less common.
    If you are asking for, for example, cloth, wood, or metal/plastic you can say I'd like two metres.

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As always, we need context.

    We can say, for example, I need eight hours' sleep a night if I am to function efficiently. ... eight hours of sleep is possible, but less common.
    If you are asking for, for example, cloth, wood, or metal/plastic you can say I'd like two metres.
    I'm sorry for losing context.
    I went to buy some meat.
    The man asked me how much meat I wanted to buy.
    Can I just say "I want two kilograms?" Instead of saying "I want two kilograms of meat?"
    I think if you say:
    The wine is two bottles.
    The food I ate was one bite. (They sound odd, right?).

    But this one should be accepatble ,right?

    The period of doing service is from 8 am to 9pm.


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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    There are two bottles of wine.
    I ate a mouthful of food.
    The service hours are from 8 am to 9 pm.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    There are two bottles of wine.
    I ate a mouthful of food.
    The service hours are from 8 am to 9 pm.
    Just confused about the third example.

    We can use " a long time of study" to refer either time or study, right?

    After a long time of study, I understand what is going on.

    It takes him a long time of study to understand what is going on, I mean three hours.

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    I would use 'has taken' instead of 'takes' because a long time has already passed.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    I'm sorry for losing context.
    I went to buy some meat.
    The man asked me how much meat I wanted to buy.
    Can I just say "I want two kilograms?" Instead of saying "I want two kilograms of meat?"
    Unless the shop sells a substance that's just called "meat" (without specifying what type of meat), the dialogue wouldn't make much sense. If you want to buy pork, you'd ask for "two kilos of pork, please". However, once the actual type of meat you want to buy has been established, yes, you can omit the name of it in a dialogue.

    You: Hi, I'd like some pork, please.
    Butcher: How much do you want?
    You: [I'd like/I want] two kilos.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would use 'has taken' instead of 'takes' because a long time has already passed.
    That means both of the two understandings are correct, right?

    I just need to change "take" to "has taken" .

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    After a long time of study, I understand what is going on.

    It takes him a long time of study to understand what is going on, I mean three hours.
    Neither is natural. You can say a long period of study. A more idiomatic way to say this is "He has to study for a long time to understand this."
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Can I say: "I want two meters"?

    Quote Originally Posted by MOYEEA LEE View Post
    I want two hours. (Can this one mean " I want two hours of sleep" or just mean I want some time.)
    It depends- you could be about to have a nap or a long massage.

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