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    #1

    to cook vs. for cooking

    Can one say
    a. In their store, there are apples to eat fresh and apples to cook.
    b. In their store, there are apples for eating fresh and apples for cooking.

    c. They sell apples to eat fresh and apples to cook.
    d. They sell apples for eating fresh and apples for cooking.

    ?

    Many thanks.

    PS. There was typos in the originals. I corrected them after tzfujimino pointed out the mistake to me.
    Last edited by azz; 22-Sep-2015 at 07:20.

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    #2

    Re: to cook vs. for cooking

    Hi, azz.

    Are you sure you meant "for eat fresh" instead of "for eating fresh" in b. and d.?
    b. and d. are ungrammatical, in my opinion.

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    #3

    Re: to cook vs. for cooking

    You are quite right. Thank you so much. I corrected the mistake.

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    #4

    Re: to cook vs. for cooking

    All your sentences are grammatical and understandable, but native speakers say

    'They sell eating apples and cooking apples'.

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    Re: to cook vs. for cooking

    In my youth, one often heard 'eating apples' called 'dessert apples' (note the double s - it's /dɪ'zɜ:t/), but I haven't heard that very often recently.

    If it's clear from the context, you can omit the 'apples'. For example, at a market you might ask 'Are those cookers or eaters?' (Of course, without that context a 'cooker' is something else entirely )

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