by Liz Walter
My last post introduced the topic of adding words to uncountable nouns so that they can be used in a countable way. In that post, I concentrated on food words. Today, we will look at some other topics.
The case contained several articles of clothing.
This piece of equipment is used for cutting the metal.
We hired a van to move the larger items of furniture.
Words for feelings and emotions are often uncountable, but there are several words we can use to talk about individual instances or small amounts of them. Some indicate positive emotions, for example a burst of enthusiasm or energy, a glimmer/ray of hope or happiness and a tingle of excitement:
In a burst of enthusiasm, I joined a gym.
The vaccine has given us a glimmer of hope at last.
Others are more negative, for instance a pang of hunger or remorse or a sudden, intense flash of anger. The word ounce is used in negative sentences to show that someone does not show a positive emotion at all:
I did have the occasional pang of remorse about quitting my course.
These people don’t have an ounce of compassion.
The ground was covered with hailstones.
Snowflakes fell softly to the ground.
A clap of thunder overhead made us all jump.
A gust of wind blew his hat off.
Strands of hair stuck to her forehead.
He wiped beads of sweat from his upper lip.
A rather random collection, I know, but all words that will make your English sound more natural and impressive if you learn them. Let me know if you think of any other useful ones!