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    Uncounatables

    Hi...
    Is it correct to say fruits?materials?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Uncounatables

    Fruits- this exits, but would be used to talk about different varieties, and would normally not be used in other contexts
    materials- often used in the plural

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    Re: Uncounatables

    I agree with Tdol.

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    Re: Uncounatables

    I wouldn't use fruits without a modifier like several or different.

    *There is a basket of fruits on the table* (awkward) "basket of fruit..." Is the much more common usage.

    They sell many different kinds of fruit (fruits) at the farmers' market. (I would use either here, probably the singular)

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    Re: Uncounatables

    I'd use the singular in your example of the market too. I would only use the plural in something like this:
    They grow fifty different fruits.

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