French Expressions of Quantity: Weight and Volume


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French expressions of quantity are followed by DE (or D’ when the word begins with a vowel), even when the noun that follows is plural.  Click here for a lesson on the different ways to use DE

Use the list below to express quantities such as weight and volume.  You’ll find that many of these are used with food and drinks.  Get your list of adverbial expressions of quantity here.

👉 Je vais te servir une tasse de café.

👉 I am going to serve you a cup of coffee.

EXCEPTION:  The definite articles LE – LA – LES may be used with these expressions to indicate the quantity of a specific item.  Remember that DE + LE = DU, and DES + LES = DES.

👉 Je vais te servir une tasse du café que j’ai préparé.

👉 I am going to serve you a cup of the coffee that I prepared.

THE PRONOUN “EN”: Since all of these expressions indicate quantity, and they are followed by de, you can simply replace DE + NOUN with the pronoun EN.

👉 Je vais servir une assiette de fromage. / I am going to serve a plate of cheese.

👉 Je vais en servir (une). / I am going to serve one (of them).



Here’s a list of common expressions of quantity:  

Practice and master them with this QUIZLET study set

une abondance dean abundance of
une assiette dea plate of
une barquette dea basket of (fruit)
une boîte dea can / tin / box of
un bol dea bowl of
une bouchée dea mouthful of
une boule dea scoop of
un bout dea bit of 
un bouquet dea bouquet de
une bouteille dea bottle of
une cannette dea can of (drink)
une carafe dea pitcher of
un carton dea box of
une centaine deabout a hundred
une cinquantaineabout fifty
une cuillère dea spoon of
une cuillère à soupe dea tablespoon of
une cuillère à thé dea teaspoon of
deux tiers detwo-thirds of
une dizaine deabout ten
une douzaine dea dozen
une énorme quantité dean enormous quantity of
une gorgée dea sip of
un gramme dea gram of
une grappe dea bunch of (grapes)
un kilo dea kilo of
une liste dea list of
un litre dea liter of
une livre dea pound of
une masse dea mass of
un mètre dea meter of
un millier deabout a thousand
la moitié dehalf of
un morceau dea piece of
un panier dea basket of
un paquet dea packet of
une part dea portion of
une pincée dea pinch of
un plat dea dish of
un plateau dea tray of
une poignée dea handful of
un pot dea jar / pot / tub of
une quarantaineabout forty
un quart dea quarter of
une quinzaine deabout 15 (days / 2 weeks)
un sac dea sack of
un seau dea bucket of
une soixantaineabout sixty
une tablette dea bar of (chocolate)
une tasse dea cup of
un tiers dea third of
une tranche dea slice of
une trentaineabout thirty
un tube dea tube of
un verre dea glass of
une vingtaineabout twenty

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