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This is for academic writing purposes.
I am trying to come up with a word that could indistinguishably describe a bottle or a can within a pack of beer. I cannot say "a unit" because "a unit" in my field means a pack (of beer). For example, when we say, price per unit of beer, it means, price per 1 pack of beer. I, on the other hand, seek to say "price per bottle/can" within such unit. Is there a word that is equally suitable to describe either a bottle or a can?
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What's wrong with
There are 12 beers in a 12-pack. The price is 70¢ a beer.
Jan 28, 2016 at 2:20
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In the UK trade this is sometimes referred to as a
"single". Usually meaning one bottle from a case of 6, 12 etc, where the case is the main stock keeping unit (SKU) for distribution. It could also apply to cans.
E.g. "Quantity: 3 cases, 1 single." or "Quantity: 1 cases, 3 singles."
You'll see this reported on customs and excise forms along with liquid volume and alcohol volume and other tax related measures of quantity.
Jan 28, 2016 at 10:53
makes sense: Serving
a single portion of food or drink; helping
Jan 27, 2016 at 23:57
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I would use
can, and the first time you do this, explain that everything you say equally applies to bottles and you're using the term can for simplicity.
Jan 28, 2016 at 10:22
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You could use
Each unit contains twelve bottles of beer, at a price of 70c per drink.
Jan 29, 2016 at 4:03
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I like @uosɐſ's and @Furhmanator's suggestions of just using
. It's both a mass noun beer and a count noun, so there's no problem saying "price per beer."
There are six beers in a six pack.
The average price per beer is $1.25.
Or you might just go with
since they are smaller units within the larger unit (a pack). subunit
There are six subunits in a six pack.
The average price per subunit is $1.25.
Jan 28, 2016 at 2:25
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In the US, a six-pack or twelve-pack has six or twelve cans or bottles.
I'm afraid you might be stuck with saying 1 can/bottle and explaining it. Or you can just state that you plan to use the word container or unit.
Jan 28, 2016 at 0:00
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you could try:
a hollow container for holding liquids
a container (as a cask, bottle, kettle, cup, or bowl) for holding something
Jan 28, 2016 at 13:05
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For clarity, you might refer to it as a
a person or thing occurring singly, especially an individual set apart
So the sentence would be...
" She took the 6-pack and split it into singletons
Jan 28, 2016 at 19:09
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While I do not know the beer industry (except as a consumer), in other inventory contexts I have seen the word
piece used as a subunit.
A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
might work as well.
Jan 28, 2016 at 5:50
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