[Grammar] What's your favourite food?

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Which answer is better:
My favourite food is pizza.
or
Pizza is my favourite food.

Is it correct to list several things after "My favourite food is"?
My favourite food is pizza, spaghetti, fried chicken.

What about countable nouns? Should I use the plural?
My favourite food is potatoes, carrots, tomatoes.

When I'm asked "What's you favourite book?" is it gramatically correct to say:
My favourite book is X, Y, Z and D.
or should I say:
My favourite books are X,Y,Z and D.
 

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Which answer is better:
My favourite food is pizza.
or
Pizza is my favourite food.

Both are correct. Neither is better than the other.

Is it correct to list several things after "My favourite food is"?
My favourite food is pizza, spaghetti, fried chicken. No. You should amend it to read "my favourite foods are ....

What about countable nouns? Should I use the plural?
My favourite food is potatoes, carrots, tomatoes. Again, use the plural "..favourite foods..."

When I'm asked "What's your favourite book?" is it gramatically correct to say:
My favourite book is X, Y, Z and D. No.
or should I say:
My favourite books are X,Y,Z and D. Yes.

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One more question:

My favourite food is potatoes.
or
My favourite food are potatoes.
or
My favourite food is a potato.
 

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One more question:

My favourite food is potatoes.
or
My favourite food are potatoes.
or
My favourite food is a potato.

Only the first one is natural.
 

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Please see my answers in red.


Which of the following is correct?

1.Pizza, spaghetti, carrots and tomatoes are my favourite food.
2.Pizza, spaghetti, carrots and tomatoes are my favourite foods.

Thanks.
 

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Which do you think? It isn't hard.
 

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Potato is a countable noun. Why do we use it in singular form?
We don't normally. However, it's possible if we are thinking of, for example mashed potato.
 

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Hi teachers,

If I rearrange the sentence of "My favourite food is potatoes" as follows, are the following sentences both correct?

1. Potatoes are my favourite food. (The subject "potatoes" is in plural)
2. Potatoes is my favourite food. ("Potatoes" is deemed as a category of food)

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Hi teachers,

If I rearrange the sentence of "My favourite food is potatoes" as follows, are the following sentences both correct?

1. Potatoes are my favourite food. (The subject "potatoes" is in plural)
2. Potatoes is my favourite food. ("Potatoes" is deemed as a category of food)
No
 

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Hi 5jj

Do you mean "2. Potatoes is my favourite food. ("Potatoes" is deemed as a category of food)" is incorrect?


Thanks.
 
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