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The 'box' group
The noun indicates a container. The noun group after of indicates the thing or things contained in it. This pattern can be used to refer to a container and its contents, as in She fetched a glass of water from the bathroom, or just to the contents, as in She went to the kitchen and gulped down a glass of water.
Belle fetched a basin of hot water from the black kettle on the kitchen range.
It was St Valentine's Day and Joel gave me a box of chocolates.
Would you like a cup of tea?
Breakfast was a kettle of lukewarm water, a jar of Nescafe and a basket of yesterday's croissants.
Place a teaspoon of demerara sugar on top of the lemon.
At the village shop she bought oranges, toothpaste and a tin of salmon.
The suffix -ful can be added to some of these nouns when you are referring to the contents of the container.
bag barrel basin basket bath bottle bowl box bucket butt can container cup cylinder dish drum glass jar kettle mug pack packet plate pot sack spoon tablespoon tank teaspoon tin tub
They both ate a large bowlful of cereal this morning.
Martin climbed up beside him and accepted a mugful of hot, bitter coffee.