Fruit

English Vocabulary


A fruit is the part of a plant that has seeds and flesh (edible covering). A fruit is normally sweet (or sometimes sour) and can be eaten in its raw (uncooked) state. Fruit are the way plants disseminate their seeds.

Grammatically, do you say Fruit or Fruits?

The word Fruit is a noun. The word is an exception where the noun is both countable and uncountable. So the plural of Fruit can be either Fruit OR Fruits.

When we think of Fruit as a group collectively and in a non-specific way, then we tend to use the word Fruit (without S).

If you are emphasising the different kinds of fruit, then you can use fruits.

If you are not sure which to use, the safest thing is to just use Fruit all the time.



Chart with Fruit and their names in English

Chart with a list of fruit in English and photos of each fruit

List of Fruit in English



Fruits that people think are Vegetables

The following are actually fruits in a botanical sense, though are commonly thought of as vegetables due to their culinary uses:

Yes, that's right, the so called vegetables above are in reality fruit, not vegetables.

A piece of fruit

We often say a piece of fruit when we refer to one fruit (one apple, one orange etc) without specifying which one it is.

The fruit of something

The fruit (or fruits) of something is an expression which means the good results that you obtain from something such as hard work.



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