stuff vs thing(s)


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 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 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 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 …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • thing — [n1] something felt, seen, perceived affair, anything, apparatus, article, being, body, business, circumstance, commodity, concept, concern, configuration, contrivance, corporeality, creature, device, element, entity, everything, existence,… …   New thesaurus

  • Stuff — País Estados Unidos, Turquía, Reino Unido, Alemania, Rusia, República Checa, Francia, los Países Bajos, Ucrania, España, Rumania, Lituania, China, Filipinas, Tailandia, Taiwan, Malasia …   Wikipedia Español

  • stuff|er — «STUHF uhr», noun. 1. a person or thing that stuffs. 2. material used to stuff something …   Useful english dictionary

  • stuff — [[t]stʌ̱f[/t]] ♦♦ stuffs, stuffing, stuffed 1) N UNCOUNT: usu with supp You can use stuff to refer to things such as a substance, a collection of things, events, or ideas, or the contents of something in a general way without mentioning the thing …   English dictionary

  • stuff — n. & v. n. 1 the material that a thing is made of; material that may be used for some purpose. 2 a substance or things or belongings of an indeterminate kind or a quality not needing to be specified (there s a lot of stuff about it in the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thing — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. affair, matter, circumstance; deed, act, occurrence; entity, person; possession, belonging, chattel; item, object, detail, article. See substance. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [An object] Syn. article,… …   English dictionary for students

  • 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 (magazine) — Infobox Magazine title = Stuff editor = Tom Dunmore (UK Editor in Chief) Fraser Macdonald (UK Editor) category = Men s, Lad s Mag frequency = Monthly publisher = Dennis Publishing, Inc. (U.S.) Haymarket (UK) total circulation = 92,672 (UK)… …   Wikipedia


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