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    Why Vegetables and Fruit ?

    Hi,
    In one supermarket, I’ve noticed an ad for sales on “Vegetables and Fruit”.
    I asked myself, “Why Vegetables are in plural and Fruit is singular ?!”
    Can anyone elaborate on this please?

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    Re: Why Vegetables and Fruit ?

    It's a little quirk of the English language. The collective noun for all fruits is "fruit". The collective noun for all vegetables is "vegetables". In spoken (colloquial) English, we refer to "fruit and veg" as the collective term for all those foods together.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why Vegetables and Fruit ?

    In AmE, you will often hear "fruits and veggies".

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