There are many pieces of biscuit on the floor.

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He is a messy eater. He ate biscuit and many pieces of biscuit fell on the floor.

"There are many pieces of biscuit on the floor." I told him.

Do we need to add small pieces?
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    The messy eater made "a lot of biscuit crumbs".

    I would tell them reproachfully:
    There are (biscuit) crumbs all over the floor.


    Senior Member
    UK English
    From a BBC recipe: "Place the biscuits into a plastic freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin until some have turned to crumbs but there are still pieces of biscuit remaining." (my italics)
    So there is a difference between crumbs and pieces.

    But if you are talking about a messy eater eating a biscuit, you are more likely to get crumbs.:) That is why your sentence, though grammatical, sounds unnatural.


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    If he's a child I can imagine him dropping pieces of the biscuits, in addition to crumbs, on the floor. He was eating biscuits and many/a few pieces fell on the floor.
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