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Can I switch the word"bucket" to "pot" in the following sentence?
"How many buckets of eggs do you need?"

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I wouldn't even recommend using the word pots! One would normally buy a certain amount of eggs (usually by the dozen), not a number of buckets full! How about "how many dozen eggs do you need?"
Guest,

By "one would normally buy eggs by a dozen" you are assumimg that Thorn lives in the US, or at least in some Western countries where 12 eggs are nicely packed in styrofoam containers.

However, in many parts of the world folks still go to farms to buy eggs by buckets, crates, or baskets and Thorn may very well be one of those folks.
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Thank you for the reply!

I know the question looks awkard, because it is from my exercising book. It's a translation practice(Chinese to English). In my dictionary, pots and buckets share the same meaning in Chinese. I really am not sure which word to use. I thought it's better to ask the question here. Again, thank you both for the answer!
Hello Thorn

I would find 'buckets of eggs' perfectly comprehensible; but 'pots of eggs' would make me look twice.

A 'bucket' has a moving handle that overarches the body of the container: it's designed for carrying things. A 'pot' more commonly has a fixed handle; it's designed for cooking or keeping things in. Thus the former is better for carrying eggs.

MrP
Or growing plants in.
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I need 3 Buckets of Egg and on bucket of milk
Thank you all for the answer! Mrp, your post cleared things up for me. Thank you so muchEmotion: smile

Thorn