Sometimes, measurement words can make it a little tricky to understand how the English language works. You’d expect when something is “full,” you’d add the word “full” to the end, but for some reason, that isn’t the case! Let us talk you through it, though, with “handful” and how we actually show a quantity of something when added on the end of a word.
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Is It Handful Or Handfull?
The correct spelling is “handful” with only one “l” at the end of the word. “Handfull” is completely incorrect and should never be used. However, it’s a fairly common misunderstanding since when your “hand” is “full”, you should be able to combine the two words to make “handfull.” However, we drop the “l” and keep “handful” as “-ful” is a suffix at the end of a word that means “would fill.”
How Much Is A Handful?
If you’re unsure what a handful is, just remember that your “hand is full.” It’s the number of materials needed to fill up one closed hand. Obviously, this varies from person to person, but the general idea always ends up being the same. Most people will only fit the same (or thereabouts) quantity of stuff inside their hand.
For extra help, we’ll include the word “roomful” as another way to understand the “-ful” ending of the word. Even though a “room is full” of material and contents, you still drop the “l.” You’ll never need to put the word “full” at the end of another word to turn it into a compound word. It’s just one of those rules in the language that you need to get used to.
Hands Full Or Handsful Or Handfuls? Learn The Plural Of “Handful”
“Handful” is a singular word, usually preceded by “a” to show this. For example, “a handful of spices” shows that it only refers to one handful. However, what do we do when we want to turn it into a plural? There are three potential options, each one slightly different from the last. Let’s start with “hands full.” Hopefully, you’ve already understood that this isn’t the plural, as we don’t say “hand full” as two separate words.
The next idea is “handsful,” which is closer but still wrong. We’re not referring to both of our hands being full (which is technically what this would mean), but we’re instead trying to say that more than one handful is needed. So, that leaves us with “handfuls.” This is the correct plural form of “handful.” Let’s look at a quick example.
- Two handfuls of sugar.
If you’ve already come across the word before, this probably already looks right to you. This is the only acceptable way to write the plural “handful” if you ever need it. Just remember to add an “s” to the end. Luckily, though the “-ful” suffix isn’t a regular rule, the “s” to the end to form a plural is easy to remember and follows normal pluralization rules.
10 Example Sentences Of Handful Or Handfull
Let’s finish up by looking at a selection of sentences using both “handful” and “handfull.” We’ll highlight them all as correct and incorrect depending on which spelling we use, but we encourage you to play along for yourself and see how much you’ve learned from the article! Remember, there is only one correct spelling for this one, and once you’ve understood it, it makes the language much easier!
Correct:Just a handful of spices are needed.
Incorrect:The children are a handfull.
Correct:1 handful of sugar is enough for the perfect cake.
Incorrect:I have a handfull of rice, do you mind?
Correct:Where can I find 1 handful of asparagus?
Incorrect:You’re quite the handfull, you know that?
Correct:My mom says I’m a handful.
Incorrect:Why can’t I find a handfull of salt anywhere in this house?
Correct:This is a handful. This is a roomful. Know the difference.
Incorrect:You really are a handfull, sometimes.
How did you get on with marking these sentences either correct or incorrect? Hopefully, you’ve learned all you can about the correct form (and the plural form) of “handful” now! You can start using it without a single worry! Good luck with your learning.