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Fruits as plural of fruit?

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princessx Mon 20-May-13 22:56:23

I expect you will tell me this isn't wrong but it really sounds wrong to me. Americans use 'fruits' as the plural of fruit, but I'm pretty sure we just use the word 'fruit' as the plural. Or we would say pieces of fruit.

Irritating examples:
- 'funny' pic of a cat sitting in a fruit bowl saying "sorry about your fruits"

- bugging American student at uni asking "hey, can I have a fruit?" when I had a bag of kiwis. "Yes you may have a piece of fruit" I replied.

Any thoughts or other irritating examples?

somebloke123 Tue 21-May-13 11:02:13

Yes I think you're right. In English-type English I think "fruits" would refer to multiple varieties.

GoblinGranny Tue 21-May-13 11:20:56

Fish and fishes.
One is quantity, the other usually refers to multiple species.

elQuintoConyo Tue 21-May-13 13:12:16

Fruits of the forest?
I think it can be confusing. I say fruits very rarly, really only in this context.
But English changes over time, that it's nature.

Figbash Tue 21-May-13 13:14:12

Fruits alad grin

StealthOfficialCrispTester Tue 21-May-13 13:16:57

Fruits anniys me as does cheeses, breads and soups

AMumInScotland Tue 21-May-13 13:17:56

I'd only say "the buffet offered lots of fruits" or similar, to denote different varieties of fruit rather than a very large pile of apples.

But there's no point in worrying about LolCat-eze, that has very little connection to English grin

StealthOfficialCrispTester Tue 21-May-13 13:20:29

Id say "different types of fruit"

ArgyMargy Tue 21-May-13 22:48:24

Agree with Somebloke - fruits refers to different types. But consider if you will a fruit machine...

Miniph Sun 26-May-13 20:01:40

one opal fruit, a packet of opal fruits.

Miniph Sun 26-May-13 20:16:25


I'm sorry.

YokoUhOh Sun 26-May-13 20:20:31

Oh gawd, DH says 'cereals' for breakfast cereal, sends me bats. Sooo non-U grin

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