[Grammar] Thing Vs Stuff

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In today’s grammar, let’s look at the difference between “farther” and “further”. Although they are often used interchangeably, “farther” and “further” don’t have exactly the same meaning.

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1. Thing

We use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing. It is most commonly used to refer to physical objects, but we also use thing to refer to ideas, actions and events

What’s that thing over there in the car park?

We often use thing in a similar way to wh-cleft constructions (What we need to do is …). It is also often used with to and with that-clauses (underlined):

 The thing we need to know is why they missed the train.

In speaking, we commonly use the phrase the thing is. We use it when we want to focus on something, or to indicate that there is a problem.

The thing is … erm … we don’t have time to visit New York as well as Washington.

Thing is an example of vague language. It allows speakers not to sound too direct. We often use thing in phrases such as things like thatthat kind of thing:

They’re cooking lots of different Italian and Spanish dishes and things like that.

2. Stuff

Stuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing. Stuff is an uncountable noun. We use stuff in similar ways to thing, especially in vague language phrases such as stuff like that:

Where can we put our stuff? (very similar to, but more informal than, Where can we put our things?)


Have you already known the difference between “thing” and “stuff”? Don’t worry, we prepare a quiz for you👇it is time to show yourself!

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#1. The best ___ to do is to phone the doctor at once.

#2. She just told us to learn lots of new English vocabulary and ___ like that.

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