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    Are these nouns uncountable and why?

    Equipment, fruit juice, fruit.

    Why is it fresh fruit and vegetables? Please give explanation in layman's terms.

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    Re: Are these nouns uncountable and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by freewill2012 View Post
    Equipment, fruit juice, fruit.

    Why is it fresh fruit and vegetables? Please give explanation in layman's terms.
    "Equipment" is non-count. "Fruit" and "juice" can be both count and non-count depending on usage. "Fruit" in the term "fruit juice" is an adjective. "The store offers fresh fruit(s) and vegetables and a variety of fruit juice(s)."

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    Re: Are these nouns uncountable and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Equipment" is non-count. "Fruit" and "juice" can be both count and non-count depending on usage. "Fruit" in the term "fruit juice" is an adjective. "The store offers fresh fruit(s) and vegetables and a variety of fruit juice(s)."
    It's funny how equipment is used as countable noun by most companies. Google it! Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Are these nouns uncountable and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by freewill2012 View Post
    It's funny how equipment is used as countable noun by most companies. Google it! Thanks for your help.
    What should I google? Something like "an equipment" or "two equipments"?

    Are these companies in countries where English is a native language?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Are these nouns uncountable and why?

    Are you sure about that, freewill? Remember that nouns can be used as adjectives, and when they are, they go between the article and the noun. So a phrase like "an equipment specialist" does not violate any rules; "specialist" is countable, and "equipment" just modifies it. It does not make "equipment" countable.

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