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    About singular and plural form

    It is appropriate to say "Apples are my favorite food". But is it Ok to say "My favorite food is apples"?
    In following three expressions, "My favorite food is apple", ""My favorite food are apples" and "My favorite food is apples", which expression is correct? Waiting for your reply, many thanks.

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    Re: About singular and plural form

    Quote Originally Posted by cecilymandy View Post
    It is appropriate to say "Apples are my favorite food". But is it Ok to say "My favorite food is apples"? Yes.
    In following three expressions, "My favorite food is apple", ""My favorite food are apples" and "My favorite food is apples", which expression is correct?
    "My favorite food are apples" is incorrect. The other two expressions are fine. Waiting for your reply, many thanks.
    Hope this helps.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: About singular and plural form

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,

    I only wanted to add a few words to the excellent answer that you have already received.


    You will, in fact, hear some native speakers say, "My favorite fruit are grapes." Their minds are "racing ahead" and thinking of the plural "grapes."

    But we SHOULD really say, "My favorite fruit is grapes" or -- as you implied -- "Grapes are my favorite fruit."



    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 03-Nov-2014 at 13:56. Reason: I changed "mind is" to "minds are."

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