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    Cool fruit & fruits

    Hi,

    I thought that the word fruit was uncountable. Why do I sometimes read the word fruits?

    Uncountable words cannot be in the plural, can they?

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    Re: fruit & fruits

    you mean fruit juice?

    Can't you count if there are two apples on the table ?

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    Re: fruit & fruits

    Quote Originally Posted by ieasy View Post
    Hi,

    I thought that the word fruit was uncountable. Why do I sometimes read the word fruits?

    Uncountable words cannot be in the plural, can they?
    It is both. We can say "much fruit" and "many fruits" meaning different kindsof fruit.

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    Re: fruit & fruits

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    It is both. We can say "much fruit" and "many fruits" meaning different kindsof fruit.
    Also, there are figurative uses - e.g. 'the fruits of your labour'

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    Re: fruit & fruits

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Also, there are figurative uses - e.g. 'the fruits of your labour'

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    I just remembered an expression: To be fruitful.

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