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  1. nicovosloo
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    was of were

    I had 3 debates about using was and were in a sentence, as well as singular and plural meanings.

    Question 1:
    One fruit with stripes and one fruit with dots was/were found.
    And will it also apply to the following variation:
    One fruit with stripes and one with dots was/were found.

    Question 2:
    The fruit within this carton appear(s) to be in a good condition.

    Question 3:
    When do you use the word fruit and fruits?

    THANKS FOR THE TIME!

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    Re: was of were

    Quote Originally Posted by nicovosloo View Post
    I had 3 debates about using was and were in a sentence, as well as singular and plural meanings.

    Question 1:
    One fruit with stripes and one fruit with dots was/were found.
    And will it also apply to the following variation:
    One fruit with stripes and one with dots was/were found.

    Question 2:
    The fruits within this carton appear(s) to be in a good condition.

    Question 3:
    When do you use the word fruit and fruits?


    Fruit is general, fruits is specific, often refers to fruit types.

    Take these two fruits on the table.
    I like fruit.
    Babana and apple are fruits.

    THANKS FOR THE TIME!
    You are welcome!
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  3. nicovosloo
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    Re: was of were

    I have a picture of a box of oranges. I want to caption the photo with the following:

    The fruit in the first layer appear(s) to be in a good condition.

    Would this be correct?

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    Re: was of were

    Quote Originally Posted by nicovosloo View Post
    I have a picture of a box of oranges. I want to caption the photo with the following:

    The fruit in the first layer appear(s) to be in a good condition.

    Would this be correct?
    Yes, it's correct, with "appears", but it would be better to say "The first layer of fruit appears..."

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    Re: was of were

    How about top layer as it's visible in the photo?

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