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    fruit/s

    I'm confused with the usage of 'fruit' and 'fruits'.

    Which is your favourite fruit, an apple or an orange?
    Which are your favourite fruit, apples or oranges?
    Which are your favourite fruits, apples or oranges?

    Which is the correct sentence?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: fruit/s

    In my view, there are no sentences which are true.
    My sentence is "Which is your favourite fruit, apples or an oranges?" or "Which is your favourite fruit, an apple or an orange?"
    I'm not sure about that. But I infered those senteces from following theories :
    We can use a/an in a noun phrase to classify something. We were asking about "a kind of fruit", So maybe we could convert to "your favourite fruit" .
    We can use a/an in a generalization. We can also use a plural or uncountable noun on its own in the same significance.
    So I can use "an apple" or "apples". The only difference between them is an apple means 'any apple' or 'a typical apple' and apples means 'all apples.

    Sorry, all of them are inference, I'm not sure absolutely.

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    Re: fruit/s

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    First of all , the word "fruit" cannot be added to "S" because it is both singular and plural, from this base we can infer that the third sentence is incorrect!

    And if you look at the First Two sentences:

    Which is your favourite fruit, an apple or an orange?
    Which are your favourite fruit, apples or oranges?

    Both of them correct grammaticaly and meaningly, so you can use any form you like!

    I hope I am right, please everybody, if there is any mistake inform me

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    #4

    Re: fruit/s

    As a native speaker, I'd say "apples or oranges."

    The problem with your sentence is that you have given the person only two choices, and perhaps bananas or mangos are the person's favorite.

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    Re: fruit/s

    Good point, Barb.

    So, which is the correct sentence?

    What are your favourite fruit?

    What are your favourite fruits?

    What is your favourite fruit? (Just one)

    Many thanks.

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    #6

    Re: fruit/s

    If you want to know my #1 favorite, then:
    What is your favorite fruit? (I use the American spelling)

    If you want to know the two or three that are at the top of my list, then:
    What are you favorite fruits? (Fruits can indeed be plural to mean different types of fruit.)
    or
    What are your favorite types of fruit?

    (And since you ask, I really do like bananas. Do strawberries count as a fruit? Oh, and those little oranges that we call Clementines.)

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    #7

    Re: fruit/s

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    (And since you ask, I really do like bananas. Do strawberries count as a fruit? Oh, and those little oranges that we call Clementines.)
    Wiki:
    Technically it is not a fruit although it is known as an accessory fruit, in that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries (achenes) but from the peg at the bottom of the bowl-shaped hypanthium that holds the ovaries.

    However Wiki says elsewhere:
    The term fruit has different meanings dependent on context, and the term is not synonymous in food preparation and biology.

    I'd count strawberries as a fruit, as I would most organic material that one would eat with ice cream for dessert.

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    #8

    Re: fruit/s

    Can I hear an "hallelujah!" Hot fudge is derived from the cocoa bean, which is organic... ergo, I've gotten a serving of fruit. I love your definition.

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    Re: fruit/s

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Can I hear an "hallelujah!" Hot fudge is derived from the cocoa bean, which is organic... ergo, I've gotten a serving of fruit. I love your definition.
    Good, then I won't spoil your party by modifying my definition!
    As long as there are no botanists here, you're safe.

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