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I'm having trouble with countable and uncountable nouns. For example, I've heard people say fruits, vegetables, meats, etc., but many grammar books say these nouns are uncountable. True or false? Why?
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It depends on the usage:

fruit e.g. can be either an uncountable and a countable noun:

When you mean "fruit" to be a singular noun, e.g. the apple is the fruit of an apple-tree, then it also has a plural: these two apples are the fruits of that apple-tree out there.

When fruit is used as a collective noun, uncountable, then it doesn't have a special plural form:
Would you like some fruit?

It might be the same with meat, but I'm not sure whether "vegetable" can be used as a collective noun the same way?!
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Some types of meats and vegetables may be used as collective nouns, but not the word vegetable itself. Squash, ham, okra, steak, pizza, hamburger (as in a generic term for ground meat), cabbage, garlic, and lettuce are some examples.

Now that I think about it, I guess you could use vegetable as a collective noun. For example, if you see some unidentified matter and suspect it to have come from a vegetable, you can simply call the stuff 'vegetable'. "What's that gooey stuff?" "I don't know, but I think it's vegetable."