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    Find the mistake

    Fruit usually tastes sweet.
    I think it will be
    Fruits usually taste sweet.
    or
    The fruit usually tastes sweet.

    What do you think?

    thanks in advance.


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    #2

    Re: Find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    Fruit usually tastes sweet.

    I think it will be
    Fruits usually taste sweet.
    or
    The fruit usually tastes sweet.

    What do you think?

    thanks in advance.
    1) Fruit usually taste sweet. Not specific enough, so wrong.
    2) Fruits usually taste sweet. Yes, they do. Correct.
    3) The fruit usually tastes sweet. Again, not specific. Incorrect.

    So, #2: Fruits usually taste sweet.

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    #3

    Re: Find the mistake

    Thank you so much.


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    Re: Find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by placidran View Post
    1) Fruit usually taste sweet. Not specific enough, so wrong.
    2) Fruits usually taste sweet. Yes, they do. Correct.
    3) The fruit usually tastes sweet. Again, not specific. Incorrect.

    So, #2: Fruits usually taste sweet.
    Right!!! Wonderful explanations!!!

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    #5

    Re: Find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    Fruit usually tastes sweet.
    I think it will be
    Fruits usually taste sweet.
    or
    The fruit usually tastes sweet.

    What do you think?

    thanks in advance.

    "Fruit usually tastes sweet" is perfectly correct.

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    Re: Find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Fruit usually tastes sweet" is perfectly correct.
    Thanks, Bhaisahab. I was started to think I was going mad as I was about to post exactly that then I saw the other replies!!!

    There is nothing wrong with "Fruit usually tastes sweet" - used as a noun to incorporate all different types of fruit, fruit takes the singular. Conversely, in the same context, vegetables would take the plural form:

    Vegetables usually taste savoury.

    That's why, when you see a sign at a greengrocer's shop, it will say "Fruit and Vegetables". Obviously, they don't only sell one type of fruit yet we rarely say "Fruits and vegetables".

    That is not to say that "fruits" doesn't exist. Of course it does.

    My favourite fruit is banana.
    My favourite fruits are bananas, strawberries and apples.

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    Re: Find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Fruit usually tastes sweet" is perfectly correct.
    I agree with you.

    but do all fruits taste sweet?

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    #8

    Re: Find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by nado92 View Post
    I agree with you.

    but do all fruits taste sweet?
    Good question (which could also be worded "Does all fruit taste sweet?"!)

    And no, not all fruits taste sweet. Most of them, yes!

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    #9

    Re: Find the mistake

    That's why we have "Fruit usually tastes sweet" and not " Fruit always tastes sweet"

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    #10

    Re: Find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Good question (which could also be worded "Does all fruit taste sweet?"!)

    And no, not all fruits taste sweet. Most of them, yes!
    You got my point.

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