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    I am having trouble explaining the plural of fruit to my Korean students. Fruit is an irregular verb right? So it is unnesessary to add an," s " to fruit, correct?

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    I am having trouble explaining the plural of fruit to my Korean students. Fruit is an irregular verb right? So it is unnesessary to add an," s " to fruit, correct?
    "Fruit" is a noun. It's usually uncountable, i.e it isn't used in plural. But when you use it in plural you mean different kinds of fruit.

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    Fruit can be either countable or uncountable and has two plural forms; fruit and fruits. Consequently, we can say; I eat fruit everyday, or I eat fruits everyday. Another example would be "How much fruit did you eat?" or "How many fruits did you eat?" Hope this helps....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulietre View Post
    Fruit ... has two plural forms,
    What do you mean?

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    There is a verb 'to fruit' and it is regular. 'That tree usually fruits every every year, but this year it hasn't fruited.


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    or bear/yield fruit

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    or bear/yield fruit
    Yes indeed.

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    Is "to fruit" commonly used where you are? To me, it sounds like that line in Mrs. Doubtfire about a "drive-by fruiting" which means "you hurl fruit at someone."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is "to fruit" commonly used where you are? To me, it sounds like that line in Mrs. Doubtfire about a "drive-by fruiting" which means "you hurl fruit at someone."

    It is/was used fairly commonly, I am a little out of touch not having lived in the UK for some years. I would say that the average person would be more likely to say 'It hasn't fruited this year' than 'It hasn't borne fruit this year'.

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