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    it's fruit / these are fruits

    Hi. I've read many posts about uncountable nouns, etc. but I still have some doubts.

    A.
    For example, when I show a picture with one apple, two oranges and three strawberries, what should I say?

    1. These are pieces of fruit.
    2. These are fruits.
    3. It's fruit.

    B.
    And what if all fruit(s) is (are) cut? Should I say:
    These are cut fruits.
    It's cut fruit.

    C.
    When I show an orange, for example, should I say:
    It's a piece of fruit.
    ??
    Wouldn't it mean that it is, e.g. a slice of fruit?

    D.
    What about a construction "a fruit"? Is it a short from "a type of fruit". I found that in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. There is an entry that says:
    "apple [C or U] a round fruit with a firm white flesh and a green, red or yellow skin"

    Could someone please explain all that?

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    Re: it's fruit / these are fruits

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    Hi. I've read many posts about uncountable nouns, etc. but I still have some doubts.

    A.
    For example, when I show a picture with one apple, two oranges and three strawberries, what should I say?

    1. These are pieces of fruit/s.
    2. These are fruits.
    3. It's fruit.

    B.
    And what if all fruit(s) is (are) cut? Should I say:
    These are cut fruits.
    It's cut fruit.

    C.
    When I show an orange, for example, should I say:
    It's a (type/piece of) fruit.
    ??
    Wouldn't it mean that it is, e.g. a slice of fruit? Not necessarily.

    D.
    What about a construction "a fruit"? Is it a short from "a type of fruit". I found that in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. There is an entry that says:
    "apple [C or U] a round fruit with a firm white flesh and a green, red or yellow skin"

    Could someone please explain all that?
    - How many fruits did you eat today?
    - I ate three fruits: banana, apple, and melon.
    - I ate three fruits: 2 bananas and one apple.
    - I ate three pieces of fruit: 2 bananas, and one apple.

    - How many pieces of fruit did you eat today?
    - I ate 2 bananas and one apple.

    - What are those pieces of fruit?
    - They are the two halves of the same banana.
    - They are two (whole) apples.
    Last edited by svartnik; 15-Jan-2009 at 16:24.

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    Re: it's fruit / these are fruits

    Thanks a lot. You've really helped me.

    I just wanted to ask one more thing, when I show a picture with one apple, two oranges and three strawberries and I say:

    1. These are fruits. - Do I emphasize that there are different kind of fruit?

    2. It's fruit. - Can it be used also in this situation. Would it be just a statement without the emphasis?

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    Re: it's fruit / these are fruits

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro8686 View Post
    Thanks a lot. You've really helped me.

    I just wanted to ask one more thing, when I show a picture with one apple, two oranges and three strawberries and I say:

    1. These are fruits. - Do I emphasize that there are different kind of fruit?

    2. It's fruit. - Can it be used also in this situation. Would it be just a statement without the emphasis?
    These are fruits. -- It means either different types or several pieces.
    To avoid ambiguity from arising, use 'pieces of' to mean several pieces of fruit.
    Also:
    They are fruit.

    Would you like some fruit?
    I am selling fruit. -- in general
    I am selling fruits. -- different kinds of fruit

    What is this? It is a fruit.
    What is a banana? It is a fruit.
    What are these? They are fruit(s).
    Last edited by svartnik; 15-Jan-2009 at 17:51.

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