why in englishe we have vegetables as plural but we dont have fruit as fruits
fruit: - Wiktionary
* In the botanical and figurative senses, fruit is a singular noun and also used as a collective noun.
a bowl of fruit; eat plenty of fruit; the tree provides fruit.
* Fruits is also sometimes used as the plural in the botanical sense.
berries, achenes, and nuts are all fruits; the fruits of this plant split into two parts.
* When fruit is used as a collective noun in the botanical sense, a piece of fruit is often used as the corresponding singular form.
* In senses other than the botanical or figurative ones derived from the botanical sense, the plural is fruits.
The noun “fruit” can be either countable or uncountable, depending on context. It is usually uncountable when we speak of “fruit” in a non-specific way, for example in the sentence: “We must eat five servings of fruit and vegetables every day.”
Even when many different kinds are involved, we can still use “fruit” as an uncountable noun, for example when offering a guest a plate with slices of papaya, pineapple and melon, we say: “Have some fruit.”
When emphasising the different kinds of fruits, we usually use the countable noun, e.g. in the sentence: “I love Malaysian fruits, especially, guavas, mangosteens and papayas.”
When speaking of only one type of fruit, we can use “fruit” either as an uncountable or a countable noun. Below are some examples from a nursery website in the United Kingdom of how both “fruits” and “fruit” are used to refer to one type of fruit on one tree:
“Standard Lemon Tree. A vigorous plant to give a plentiful supply of juicy lemons. A lovely standard tree with fruits.”
“Your very own mango tree. What could be more exotic than that? Red and yellow fruits from June.”
“Avocado Tree. Dark-green, thick-skinned, pear-shaped fruit has buttery-textured flesh. Great for salads or home-grown Guacamole.”[source: Some ‘fruit’ and ‘fruits’
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