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    #1

    Smile There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.



    Would you use fruit or fruits in the above? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    fruits, due to 'variety'

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    Re: There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    I always say, "There is a variety of fruit in there." Ther only time I use fruits is when it is paired with another word that is plural.

    There is a variety of fruits and snacks in there.
    That store has a good selection of fruit.
    That store has a good selection of fruit and other produce.
    That store has a good selection of fruits and vegetables.

    That's just the way I use these words; I don't think that it is a rule.

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    Smile Re: There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    I always say, "There is a variety of fruit in there." Ther only time I use fruits is when it is paired with another word that is plural.

    There is a variety of fruits and snacks in there.
    That store has a good selection of fruit.
    That store has a good selection of fruit and other produce.
    That store has a good selection of fruits and vegetables.

    That's just the way I use these words; I don't think that it is a rule.
    Thanks, mykwyner.
    By the way, are the following identical in meaning?

    That store has a good selection/collection/variety of fruit.

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    Re: There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    I wouldn't use collection, it doesn't have the connotation of being available for sale.

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    Re: There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    Thanks, mykwyner.

    To make sure, are selection and variety interchangeable in the following?
    That store has a good selection/variety of fruit.

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    #7

    Re: There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.
    Would you use fruit or fruits in the above? Thanks.
    What do you mean?
    A variety of fruit is equal to one kind of fruit, that is, an apple or a pear or other variety and it does not express the number.
    A variety of fruits means a group of kinds of fruits, that is, a group of apples, oranges, pear, pineapple, etc, and it does not mention the number.
    That is my opinion. I'm eager to hear a better explanation.
    May you be happy, healthy and wealthy,
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    Re: There is a varity of fruit/fruits in there.

    Fruit is an unusual noun in English in that it has both a plural form, fruits and a collective form, fruit.

    We say:

    A healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables. plural
    A truck overturned and spilled fruit all over the highway. collective
    Have a piece of fruit instead of candy or a cookie. singular

    BTW Angliholic, selection and variety would be interchangeable in this situation.

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