a fruit/piece of fruit and fruits/pieces of fruits

Karen123456

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I was taught that an apple is a fruit. But recently a friend of mine told me that it should an apple is a piece of fruit. It confuses me because if I have an orange and an apple, should I say that I have two fruits or two pieces of fruits?

Could someone guide me on this?

Thanks.
 
  • sandpiperlily

    Senior Member
    I was taught that an apple is a fruit. But recently a friend of mine told me that it should an apple is a piece of fruit. It confuses me because if I have an orange and an apple, should I say that I have two fruits or two pieces of fruits?

    Could someone guide me on this?

    Thanks.
    An apple is a fruit. "Fruit" is the category, like vegetable, meat, etc.

    If you're talking about a specific apple, then it is a "piece of fruit." For example, say I have an apple, a banana, and two oranges. I have three fruits (three categories of fruit), but four pieces of fruit (counted individually).

    You never have "two pieces of fruits."

    Also, strangely, this construction doesn't work for vegetables. If I have a carrot and a parsnip, then I have two vegetables, but not "two pieces of vegetable." As far as I know, the word "piece" is never applied to veggies.
     
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