There are a few different ways of using the word "stuff." If it’s a noun, it means things or activities and it can be used for just about anything; if it’s a verb or an adjective, it means to fill or put things into something.
In the examples below, the word "stuff" is a noncount noun:
- Is this your stuff?
- Whose stuff is this?
- I have a lot of stuff in my house.
- How much stuff do you have in your car?
- Do you have a lot of stuff in your pocket?
- This stuff is bad for you. You shouldn’t drink it.
- We had a lot of stuff that we needed to do after school.
- Sheila likes to do stuff with her friends.
- What kind of stuff does she like to do?
- The stuff that they’re doing in class is very interesting.
In the next set of examples, the word "stuff" is a verb and it means to fill:
- The children stuffed their mouths with candy.
- We stuffed our suitcases with our things and left the hotel.
- Many people stuff a turkey with stuffing (bread cubes, celery, spices, nuts) before it goes into the oven.
- Those who stuff themselves with junk food get no nutritional value from the food.
The word "stuff" can also be used as an adjective:
- I feel stuffed. (I ate too much.)
- There’s a stuffed turkey in the oven.
- Children love to play with stuffed animals.
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January 3, 2013