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beachboy

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My favorite fruit is watermelon/pineapple
My favorite fruit are grapes/apples

What do I have to consider before choosing between singular and plural? The size? What about melons?
 
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Interesting. I think the naturalness of both your sentences reflects the fact that in the first we eat segments/pieces of the fruit, while in the second, we eat the whole fruit.
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I suppose, for grapes we normally wont use as singular(grape).
Usually one says My favourite fruit is apple
My favourite fruits are apple and grapes
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My favourite fruits are apples and grapes
 

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My favourite fruit is watermelon/pineapple/grapes/apples.

"fruit" is singular, and so takes the verb in the singular. Compare:
I like apples and oranges, but tropical fruits are still my favourite.
 

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We do not usually say, "My favourite fruit is apple".
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My favorite fruit is grapes/apples/oranges/watermelon/pineapple
I like grapes/apples, but I don´t like oranges and watermelon.
What about melons/papayas/grapefruit? Shall I use singular or plural? I still don´t know what the rule to choose between singular and plural is... Is there a rule, or it´s only a matter of usage?
 
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