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Hello everyone!
When do I use the word "foods" VS "food"
"fruits" VS "fruit"

17 Apr 2013      


fruits - when talking about different kinds of fruit
E.g. tropical fruits, such as bananas and pineapples

foods- e.g. frozen foods

17 Apr 2013     

United States

To expand on what Sophia said, we often use "uncountable" nouns as countable nouns when we talk about different kinds of the uncountable noun. Food is usually uncountable or noncount, and therefore uses the singular but not "a." However, when talking about kinds of food, you treat it as a countable or count noun and you can use a plural form and the article "a." I hope this explains why and not just when we use foods versus food.
There are also some nouns that can be used both as countable and uncountable nouns even when you aren�t talking about kinds of. Many, if not most of these, are foods that can be referred to as whole items but are usually eaten as less than whole. Some examples: cake, pie, pizza, watermelon, chicken, turkey, duck, and goose.
"I like pizza. There are ten of us; do we need to order two or three pizzas?"

17 Apr 2013     


Great explanation, Thank you!

29 May 2013