Normally, The amount of a bottle of wine is 750ml.

Yesterday, My friends drank 1500ml from the barrel,

can I say:

That means they drank two bottles yesterday.

Here, "two bottles" still means the wine, right?

Thanks a lot!


I think everyone would understand the sentiment, but it would be more precise to say:

That means they drank two bottles worth of wine yesterday.


That means they drank the equivalent of two bottles yesterday.

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  • Those are exactly the two "preferred alternatives" I was going to post in a comment! I suspect the "equivalent" version can be used in a wider variety of contexts, but the "worth" version strikes me as particularly idiomatic for OP's specific context. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Oct 9 '16 at 19:57
  • Thanks so much!!!I think it is like changing the unit. Like I put a bowl of a rice on a plate. I ate all the rice. Can I say: I still ate one bowl? And "bowl" here means the rice, not just number, am I right? – moyeea Oct 9 '16 at 20:02
  • Yes, "changing the unit" is a good way of putting it! Notice that for "bowl of rice", the central noun is bowl, which is why it's acceptable to use it as the "unit". Moreover, they were actually eating from a bowl. But in your example with wine, bottles were never actually involved. – Maggie Oct 10 '16 at 3:02

A good answer has already been given, I also would add:

That means they had two bottles [of wine] yesterday.

although it slightly shifts emphasis from the volume to the mere fact they had wine. I am not sure of the latter statement, so a native speaker's help would be appreciated.

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