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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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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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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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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?

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

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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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thank you, that list is very helpful!
 

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not a teacher

Just 'a feather' or a plume, no unit required.
 
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