stuff vs things


stuff vs things
  Stuff as a noun "stuff" can be used to describe any articles, material, or even activity.
  For example: "He is so messy, he has left all his stuff lying around."
  "I've got so much stuff to do, I'll never finish it all!"
  As a verb "to stuff" means to fill something tightly.
  For example: "We stuffed the chicken with sage and onion stuffing."
  Thing can be used to refer to anything you don't want to, or can't give a specific name to.
  For example "Where is that wooden thing I was using?"
  The plural of thing is things.
  For example: "They say those things will do all the work in the future, but I think I'll be retired by then."
  Stuff can be things and things can be stuff, but stuff is uncountable, whereas things are countable. If you have so many things that you can't count them all, and you have to stuff them all into cupboards and boxes, you probably have too much stuff.
  ♦ !Note - It's a lot ruder in the UK to tell someone to "get stuffed", than it is in the US or Australia, and they might hit you.
  "We are such stuff
  As dreams are made on" Shakespeare

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  • stuff — 1 /stVf/ noun (U) 1 SUBSTANCE informal a kind of substance or material: What s that stuff you re drinking? | The dress was made of silky stuff. 2 THINGS informal a number of different things: How do you think you re going to fit all that stuff… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • stuff vs thing(s) —   Stuff as a noun stuff can be used to describe any articles, material, or even activity.   For example: He is so messy, he has left all his stuff lying around.    I ve got so much stuff to do, I ll never finish it all!   As a verb to stuff means …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • stuff vs thing(s) —   Stuff as a noun stuff can be used to describe any articles, material, or even activity.   For example: He is so messy, he has left all his stuff lying around.    I ve got so much stuff to do, I ll never finish it all!   As a verb to stuff means …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • stuff — [stuf] n. [ME stoffe < OFr estoffe < estoffer, prob. < Gr styphein, to pull together, tighten < styppe, tow, coarse cloth of flax or hemp: see STOP] 1. the material or substance out of which anything is or can be made; raw material 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Stuff Happens — is a play by David Hare, written in response to the Iraq War. Hare describes it as a history play that deals with recent history. The title is inspired by Donald Rumsfeld s response to widespread looting in Baghdad:: Stuff happens and it’s untidy …   Wikipedia

  • stuff — [n1] personal belongings being, effects, equipment, gear, goods, impedimenta, individual, junk*, kit, luggage, objects, paraphernalia, possessions, substance, tackle, things, trappings; concepts 432,446 stuff [n2] essence, substance bottom,… …   New thesaurus

  • Things Ain’t What They Used to Be — Things Ain t What They Used to Be ist ein Jazzsong, der von Mercer Ellington 1941 komponiert wurde und einen Songtext von Ted Parsons erhielt. Es handelt sich um einen 12 taktigen Blues in einer Dur Stimmung. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • stuff up — (informal) To make a mess of things • • • Main Entry: ↑stuff …   Useful english dictionary

  • stuff — stuff1 W3S1 [stʌf] n [U] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(things)¦ 2 somebody s stuff 3¦(activities/ideas)¦ 4¦(work/art)¦ 5 ... and stuff 6 the (very) stuff of dreams/life/politics 7¦(character)¦ 8 do/show your stuff ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stuff — stuff1 [ stʌf ] noun uncount INFORMAL *** ▸ 1 variety of things ▸ 2 material/substance ▸ 3 qualities/behavior ▸ 4 general information ▸ 5 nonsense ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) a variety of objects or things: What s all this stuff on my desk? By the time we… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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