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PHIL73

Hello Serg59,

The word fruit is often an uncountable noun and is used in the singular. You can say two pieces of fruit or some fruit for instance.

However, when you speak about several different kinds of fruit, it's acceptable to use fruits. Example: "My three favorite fruits are apples, bananas and pineapples".

Fruits is also used with a different meaning in this idiomatic expression:  "The fruits of your labours", which means the benefits of your hard work. 

I hope I've answered your question

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serg59

 

Thank you, Phil, for your explicit explanation. English is so unpredictable. "The fruits of your labours" but there's an expression "fruitless labour" as well...

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Minoo

Hello Sergey and Phil,

Great question and answer. The same applies to some other food items: fish, cheese, wine. 

I have covered some of the tricky cases of Uncountable Nouns in an exclusive video by the same name.  You may want to check it out.

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PHIL73
3 hours ago, serg59 said:

 

Thank you, Phil, for your explicit explanation. English is so unpredictable. "The fruits of your labours" but there's an expression "fruitless labour" as well...

My pleasure Sergey. I didn't know the expression "fruitless labour", thank you.

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