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    vegeatable countable

    are vegeatable countable?

    i like cucumbers/cucumber
    i like pumpkin/i like pumpkins
    i like carrot/ i like carrots
    i like potatos/i like potato

    i like watermelons/watermelon
    i like pineapples/pineapple
    i like grapefruits/grapefrui t

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    Re: vegeatable countable

    The general rule is to add -s if you can count it. With the verb "like" the idea is the speaker is referring to a category, not a specific vegetable or fruit within that category; e.g., I like the fruit apples, not I like the fruit apple.

    However, where and when to add -s is rather subjective. For some people, I am one, if the vegetable or fruit is small, or eaten whole, that is, if it's not sliced and diced, then -s isn't added; I like cucumber(s), carrots, potatoes, grapefruit(s), and pineapple(s), pumkin, and watermelon.

    I wonder what others have to say.

    All the best.

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    Re: vegeatable countable

    I always add the 's'. Imagine saying 'I like apple and banana' instead of 'I like apples and bananas.' It doesn't sound right (to me).

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    Re: vegeatable countable

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    The general rule is to add -s if you can count it. With the verb "like" the idea is the speaker is referring to a category, not a specific vegetable or fruit within that category; e.g., I like the fruit apples, not I like the fruit apple.

    However, where and when to add -s is rather subjective. For some people, I am one, if the vegetable or fruit is small, or eaten whole, that is, if it's not sliced and diced, then -s isn't added; I like cucumber(s), carrots, potatoes, grapefruit(s), and pineapple(s), pumkin, and watermelon.

    I wonder what others have to say.

    All the best.
    Not just subjective, but flexible. Peas are - until cooked in a certain way - countable. But the collocation 'pease pudding' uses the Middle English mass noun: Pease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (sorry Casi - pease - Online Etymology Dictionary, pea - Online Etymology Dictionary )

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    Re: vegeatable countable

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    I always add the 's'. Imagine saying 'I like apple and banana' instead of 'I like apples and bananas.' It doesn't sound right (to me).
    Me, neither. The apples and bananas in Italy must be huge.

    Adjectives are different.

    Ex: Which fruit flavor do you like the best? I like banana flavor.

    All the best.

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