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    go on a diet + preposition

    Hi,

    Can we say the following sentence? Is it standard and natural?
    "Go on a diet with fruit."
    Actually my problem is the preposition.

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Hi,

    Can we say the following sentence? Is it standard and natural?
    "Go on a diet with fruit."
    Actually my problem is the preposition.
    No, it's not natural. You could use "Go on a fruit diet".

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    Thanks,
    But what about "vegetable"?
    Should we say "Go on a vegetable diet." or "Go on a vegetables diet."?
    Singular or plural?

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Thanks,
    But what about "vegetable"?
    Should we say "Go on a vegetable diet." or "Go on a vegetables diet."?
    Singular or plural?
    "A vegetarian diet" would be more natural.

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    If the noun that precedes another noun as its modifier, functioning like an adjective, is plural in meaning, you don't normally use it in the plural in this type of construction:
    a diet rich in vegetables is a vegetable diet
    a diet with small amount of calories is a low-calorie diet
    a diet which doesn't include any eggs as its ingredients is an egg-free diet

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "A vegetarian diet" would be more natural.
    Possible, but vegetarians don't eat only vegetables.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Possible, but vegetarians don't eat only vegetables.
    Yes- some eat fish.

    I'll get my coat.

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Yes- some eat fish.

    I'll get my coat.
    Ooooooh, you are dicing with death! Probably after a sound beating with a courgette!

    For the sake of the learners here, I should explain. I am a vegetarian. Some people choose to describe themselves as vegetarians but they still eat fish/seafood. The definition of a vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, poultry, fish, seafood, gelatine, cochineal or any other food from a dead animal. For those of us who are actually vegetarian, the people who say they are vegetarian but continue to eat fish are infuriating. It sends out the wrong message to other people who don't understand vegetarianism. Tdol knew that claiming that some vegetarians eat fish would annoy me (in an amusing way!)

    If anyone's interested, a fairly recently coined phrase for someone who does not eat meat or poultry but does eat fish and seafood is "pescatarian".

    I should also point out that by saying "Vegetarians don't eat only vegetables", I meant that they also eat dairy foods, pulses, pastas etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    I've always thought that people who described themselves as vegetarians but who eat fish and/or chicken were like the social smokers who don't smoke but....

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    #10

    Re: go on a diet + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    a courgette!
    A new one there for me! Thank you!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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