Measuring capacity

Capacity or volume is a measure of how much space something takes up. Measuring spoons or measuring jugs can be used to measure capacity.

A measuring jug

Metric units of capacity

Capacity is measured in millilitres (ml) and litres (l).
1 l = 1000 ml

Use these tips to estimate capacity:

  • 5 ml is about the capacity of a teaspoon.
  • 1l is about the capacity of a large carton of fruit juice.

Imperial units of capacity

Pints and gallons are old units of capacity (imperial units).
There are 8 pints in a gallon.
A pint is equal to just over half a litre.
A gallon is roughly equal to 4.5 litres.

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