I've been confused by the usage of the plural form of fruit - fruits. Most British books and some American books I have consulted, state that "fruit" is the correct pl. version of fruit. They also mention that "fruits" can be used as in "fruits of the forest". However, Brits seem to say "I eat a lot of fruit" while many Yanks us "fruits" in this sentance. At present I live in the US. and I'm puzzled by how people use both forms. In American grocery stores the sign in the produce section often says "fruits and vegetables". Would this form be used in GB? The word "fruits" is used on vitamin labels eg. made from fresh fruits. Yet, when I asked a few Americans, they said that "fruit" is the proper form and would use a sentance "I like fruit" or "There's some fruit on the table". Could someone please clarify it for me. I would really appreciate if I was given an answer by speakers of American and British English. Due to the interferance of my native language (Polish) I'm inclined to use "fruits", so I would like to know if using American I can get away with it a bit more then in English or are the rules the same. Thanks
P.S. I have the same question abot the usuage of the plural "fishes", when can it be used outside of counting "fishes" in "The Sesame Street".
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Please don't forget that in the U.S.A., punctuation is placed inside the quotation marks! Frustrated English Teacher
"Fruit is usually uncountable: Fruit is inexpensive here. It is used as a countable noun mainly to refer to one or more types of fruit: oranges and other citrus fruits."

Extracted of a British English Dictionary

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