dozen of vs dozen : Common Errors in English

About dozen of vs dozen

Why isn’t it “a dozen of eggs” when it’s standard to say “a couple of eggs”? The answer is that “dozen” is a precise number word, like “two” or “hundred”; we say “two eggs,” “a hundred eggs,” and “a dozen eggs.”“Couple” is often used less precisely, to mean “a few,” so it isn’t treated grammatically as an exact number. “A couple eggs” is less standard than “a couple of eggs.”“Dozens of eggs” is standard because you’re not specifying how many dozens you’re talking about.

dozen Meaning(s)

  • (n) the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one
  • (s) denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units

dozen of in News

  1. Mira Winery to release a dozen bottles of ocean-aged wine

    A dozen of the 48 bottles that was aged in the Charleston harbor for three months are being released for sale.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: ABC News 4 Charleston

  2. USA Swimming Names 2013-14 Open Water National Teams

    Two dozen of the nation’s top open water swimmers today were named to the 2013-14 USA Swimming Open Water National Team and National Junior Team, respectively.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: USA Swimming

dozen in News

  1. Cheltenham DUI checkpoint nets dozen arrests

    A dozen motorists were arrested during an Eastern Montgomery County DUI Task Force DUI checkpoint May 31 in Cheltenham, according to Cheltenham police.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Times Chronicle & Glenside News & The Globe

  2. 2 dozen-plus arrested on looting complaints in Moore

    More than two dozen people are facing charges after they were arrested on complaints of looting.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KOCO 5 Oklahoma City

  3. Dozen arson, suspicious fires in Medford

    MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Police and fire authorities in Medford are investigating a dozen arson or suspicious fires since April of last year at vacant homes in Medford.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KTVZ Bend

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