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    Hi there,

    Is fruit a countable noun? Can I say I prefer fruits to... or I prefer fruit?
    I've read that it is countable and uncountable, How come? Could you please explain that?

    Thank you

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    Re: fruit

    They are referred to collectively as fruit. The word "fruits" generally refers to different kinds of fruit.

    If you have "lots of fruit," you would have a large quantity of fruit.

    If you have "lots of fruits," you would have many different types of fruit.

    In the supermarket it is known as the "fruit section" rather than the "fruits section."

    So you would say "I prefer fruit." But you would also say "I prefer some fruits to others" because you would be talking about different types of fruit.

    Hope that helps.

    Not a teacher.

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