a sprinkle of cinnamon

Gijoe

Senior Member
Korean
Can you say two sprinkles of cinnamon?

How can sprinkle be countable-a sprinkle?


Thank you.
 
  • coiffe

    Senior Member
    USA
    American English
    Gijoe,

    You could say "two sprinkles" or "two dashes" -- to me, that would mean two shakes of the shaker. (assuming the cinnamon is being dispensed from a shaker) Whatever comes out of the shaker with each shake of the hand would be a "single shake" or sprinkle or dash. It's not a scientific measure.

    Coiffe
     

    panjandrum

    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I would be surprised to find an instruction that included "two sprinkles of cinnamon".
    But if I did, I would shake my cinnamon sprinkler twice over whatever-it-was.
    It's not a precise measure :)
     
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