This is a list of one hundred partitive expressions containing a partitive + uncountable noun, each with an example sentence. The expressions are in alphabetical order based on the uncountable noun.

See also: the grammar of partitives and uncountable nouns

partitive expressionexample sentence
a torrent of abuseThe manager was so angry that he let loose a torrent of abuse at his workers.
a piece of adviceCan I offer you a piece of advice about investing your savings?
a fit of angerHarry slapped his girlfriend in a fit of anger.
a work of artEveryone says her garden’s a work of art, it’s so beautiful.
a rasher of baconHow many rashers of bacon would you like with your breakfast?
a glass of beerThe police wanted to know how many glasses of beer he had drunk.
a drop of bloodThere were two or three drops of blood on the carpet.
a spot of botherI’m in a spot of bother because I can’t find my car keys, and I’m already late.
a loaf of breadHow much does a loaf of bread cost in Japan?
a pat of butterCould I have three pats of butter and some jam, please?
a game of chessWe played three games of chess, and Bobby won all of them.
a bar of chocolateIf you’re a good boy, I’ll give you a bar of chocolate.
an item of clothingPut any items of clothing you no longer need into this box.
a lump of coalThe kids found some lumps of coal beside the railway tracks, and took them home.
a cup of coffeeThe first thing I do when I get to work is have a cup of coffee.
an ear of cornEars of corn are usually steamed or boiled and then served with butter.
a scrap of differenceWriting letters to corrupt politicians won’t make a scrap of difference to the way they behave.
a speck of dustThey have no kids, and you won't find a speck of dust in their home.
a scrap of evidenceThere wasn’t a scrap of evidence to prove he’d done it, but he was still sent to jail for life.
an item of expenditureYou must have a receipt for every item of expenditure you want to claim.
an article of faithFreedom of expression is an article of faith among truly democratic people.
a morsel of foodThere wasn’t a morsel of food left in the house, so we had to go out for dinner.
a breath of fresh airThe room was crowded and I felt faint so I went outside for a breath of fresh air.
a piece of fruitEveryone should eat at least three pieces of fruit a day.
a bit of funAfter working hard all day, we felt like having a bit of fun.
a piece of furnitureWe need a piece of furniture that will look good in that empty corner.
a clove of garlicTake two cloves of garlic, crush them, and then add them to the soup.
a pane of glassYou have to be very careful when transporting panes of glass.
a blade of grassThe ant walked all the way up the blade of grass, and then all the way down again.
a pang of guiltWhen I saw my brother being punished for what I’d done, I felt a pang of guilt.
a lock of hairHe kept a lock of her hair in a small tin box with his other most precious possessions.
a jar of honeyShe stuck her fingers into the jar of honey, and then slowly licked them clean.
a glimmer of hopeThe president gave us a glimmer of hope when he promised to look into the issue.
a sense of humourHe lacks a sense of humour, and his laughter never sounds real.
a pang of hungerI felt a pang of hunger, and knew it must be getting close to lunchtime.
a block of iceHow long do you think it’d take for this block of ice to melt?
a scoop of ice creamYou don’t really need three scoops of ice cream on your apple pie, do you?
a piece of informationThere was an important piece of information missing from the report.
a plea of innocenceHe maintained his plea of innocence, even though everyone said he was guilty.
a touch of ironyThere was often a touch of irony in his voice when he spoke.
a jar of jamIf you leave a jar of jam open on the bench, the ants will find it.
a glass of juiceI’d like a glass of juice, but only if the juice is freshly squeezed.
an act of kindnessA simple act of kindness to a stranger is a wonderful thing.
a piece of landMy grandfather bought this piece of land over a hundred years ago.
a peal of laughterWe heard peals of laughter coming from her bedroom.
a ray of lightAs dawn broke, rays of light rose from behind the mountains.
a flash of lightningThe sky was lit up by flashes of lightning.
a work of literaturePoems, plays, novels and short stories are all works of literature.
a stroke of luckWas finding her there a stroke of luck, or did he know she’d be there?
a piece of luggageYou can carry one small piece of luggage onto the plane.
a case of measlesWas it really a case of measles, or another disease that looked like measles?
a slice of meatPut one slice of meat into every sandwich, with some lettuce and tomato.
a dose of medicineI was given a dose of medicine that tasted like liquid chalk.
a bottle of milkEvery morning the milkman would leave two bottles of milk on our doorstep.
a litre of milkHow many litres of milk do we need?
a piece of musicThat was one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard!
an item of newsWho decides if something becomes an item of news, or not?
a litre of oilHow much does a litre of oil cost?
a coat of paintThe house did look better after a coat of paint. But really it needed two or three coats.
a piece of paperI wrote his number on a piece of paper and slipped it into my wallet.
a crime of passionHis lawyer said it wasn’t premeditated murder, but a crime of passion.
a dab of perfumeA couple of dabs of perfume on my neck, and I was ready to go.
an abuse of powerUsing falsified evidence to justify a war is a criminal abuse of power.
a shower of rainWe got caught in a shower of rain while walking to the station.
a sign of respectIn many cultures, bowing to someone is a sign of respect.
an act of revengeHe’d harmed many people in his life, so his murder was probably an act of revenge.
a bowl of riceWould you like another bowl of rice?
a grain of riceThere wasn’t a single grain of rice left in the village.
a pile of rubbishWe found the bottles dumped in a pile of rubbish behind the factory.
a glass of rumAfter drinking four or five glasses of rum, I felt sick.
a pinch of saltAdd two or three pinches of salt as the water is coming to the boil. 
a plate of seafoodHow many plates of seafood should we order for the party?
a sense of shameI doubt he’s capable of feeling a sense of shame for what he’s done.
a minute of silenceThere was a minute of silence before the game began.
a wall of silenceThe fear of punishment created a wall of silence around the truth.
a night of sleepI think I've had about three nights of sleep in the six weeks since our baby was born.
a cloud of smokeAfter the riots, you could see clouds of smoke rising into the sky as buildings around the city burned.
a fall of snowA heavy fall of snow left the whole landscape a glistening white.
a cake of soapTalk about extravagant! She uses a new cake of soap each time she showers.
a feeling of sorrowThere was a feeling of sorrow in the room as everyone thought about what had happened.
a bowl of soupAs soon as we all sat down, she brought three big bowls of soup and three spoons.
a lump of sugarThe was a little jar on the table full of lumps of sugar.
a spoonful of sugarHow many spoonfuls of sugar do you like in your tea?
a ray of sunshineBarry said his baby daughter was a little ray of sunshine in his life.
a cup of teaDo you prefer a cup of tea with your breakfast, or a cup of coffee?
a game of tennisIt’s just a game of tennis, so I don’t know why you’re getting so upset!
a clap of thunderThe silence was shattered by two sudden, loud claps of thunder.
a moment of timeIt was a moment of time that nobody who was there will ever forget.
a grain of truthShe said there wasn’t a grain of truth in her husband’s story.
an act of vengeanceThe police suspected the fire had been deliberately lit as an act of vengeance.
an outbreak of violenceAfter years of injustice, outbreaks of violence were becoming more frequent.
a drop of waterThe drop of water slowly grew, and then it fell from the tap.
a sign of wealthThe signs of wealth that took him fifty years to earn hardly seemed worth it.
an ear of wheatThe winning photograph is a close-up of a single ear of wheat.
a shot of whiskeyAs soon as he sat down at the bar, Hunter downed a shot of whiskey.
a gust of windA gust of wind grabbed the kite and swept it into an acrobatic loop.
a glass of wineOur waiter knocked over two glasses of wine as he tried to set down a plate.
a pearl of wisdomAfter stroking his beard and smiling, the guru dispensed a pearl of wisdom to his followers.
a block of woodJam some blocks of wood behind its back wheels, or the truck will roll down the hill.
a ball of woolIt’s just a tangle of wool now, but it was a ball of wool before our kitten found it.
a day of workThe workers only get five or six dollars for a full day of work.
Note that most of the above partitive expressions collocate strongly.

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