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    Question fruit or fruits????

    tell me please, if "fruit" has plural....

    i learned in high-school that the plural of fruit is fruits. but a few days ago one of my teachers from the university had told me that fruit does not have a plural from. it is true or not????

    eg:1. I like all the fruit.
    or
    I like all the fruits.

    2. There are some fruit on the table.
    or
    There are some fruits on the table.

    thans in advance.

    teyla
    Last edited by teyla; 23-Oct-2006 at 12:33.


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    Re: fruit or fruits????

    Hi,
    In terms of food it is uncountable:
    There is a lot of fruit on the table.
    If you mean species, then fruits-
    Different fruits can be found on this island.
    Cheers


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    Re: fruit or fruits????

    ok.

    i understand now

    thanks a lot.


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    Re: fruit or fruits????

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    In terms of food it is uncountable:
    There is a lot of fruit on the table.
    If you mean species, then fruits-
    Different fruits can be found on this island.
    Cheers

    Does this apply to "food"? Like the example given. Thanks.

    - There are some food on the table.

    - There are different foods on the table.


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    Re: fruit or fruits????

    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Does this apply to "food"? Like the example given. Thanks.

    - There are some food on the table.

    - There are different foods on the table.
    Your first sentence needs a singular verb, hlbert03:

    - There is some food on the table.
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    Re: fruit or fruits????

    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Does this apply to "food"? Like the example given. Thanks.

    - There are some food on the table.

    - There are different foods on the table.
    Yes, "foods" can be used that way.

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    Re: fruit or fruits????

    Not directly related to the question, but relevant with mass/uncount/count nouns...

    I read something interesting about a grammarian (can't remember the name right now ) who mentioned how Native American tribe names can be used as uncount nouns modified with cardinal numbers, like in the sentence I got three Apache today. (Example probably based on racially charged 19th century, perhaps the origins of this sentence structuring as well)

    Is that accurate?

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