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luckyguy
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:13:09 AM
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I am going to write down a few examples below.

I would like

(1) a box of chocolates.

(2) a pail of paint.

(3) a pack of cigarettes.

(4) a bag of chips.

(5) a bottle of Coca Cola.

Can you say: I would like a large container of "something" if you that something is not put in any of the things I have mentioned above?

Something like "a large container of soil" if it is not sold in bags, boxes ... but in "containers".

I am not sure if you understand what I am trying to say. Thanks.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:20:06 AM
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You can 'like' anything: snakes, helicopters, buckets of caviar, tubs of cream, containers full of diamonds, barrels full of wine, a planeful of roses...

Thus you 'would like' anything at all - a football stadium full of cash, crates full of champagne etc. etc.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:30:30 PM

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Hi!

Yes - it is a good 'general' word.

The thing I immediately thought of is popcorn at the cinema. Sometimes they say 'tub of popcorn', sometimes they say 'container'.

I looked up some examples, and it seems to be used a lot in law. It would be silly to make a law saying that someone may not carry (for example) "a bag of drugs" into the country - people would just put the drugs into boxes, and so would not be breaking the law.
So the law says "a container of drugs".

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
palapaguy
Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 12:09:23 AM

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luckyguy wrote:
I am going to write down a few examples below.

I would like

(1) a box of chocolates.

(2) a pail of paint.

(3) a pack of cigarettes.

(4) a bag of chips.

(5) a bottle of Coca Cola.

Can you say: I would like a large container of "something" if you that something is not put in any of the things I have mentioned above?

Something like "a large container of soil" if it is not sold in bags, boxes ... but in "containers".

I am not sure if you understand what I am trying to say. Thanks.

In AE, "container" would sound awkward in your examples unless the item really is sold in a "container" called as such. It's not necessary to mention that some items are in some sort of packaging in many cases. A bag of chips can simply be "chips."
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