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Hello everyone!

I was just wondering.... When I googled "plural of broccoli", I stumbled across a site that said that some vegetables are both singular and plural, such as cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, etc.

Is this correct?

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It's not so much that broccoli has a plural as that it's a non-count noun.

I ate broccoli for dinner, or I'm growing broccoli in my garden. The same with lettuce and asparagus. You can have heads of lettuce - one head of lettuce or two heads of lettuce, but you don't refer to one broccoli or two lettuces. I think asparagus comes in "stalks"? I'm not sure what broccoli comes in!
Thanks for your reply Grammar Geek! So ,would you say:

"I bought 6 broccoli and 10 cabbages"?

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Are they called crowns, perhaps? I bought six broccoli crowns and ten cabbages (or ten heads of cabbage)
Don't know if it helps but maybe it could be just interesting to know: 'broccoli' is an italian word, and it's plural. The singular is 'broccolo' Emotion: smile
Thank you Grammar Geek and Francesca!

How about if you list vegetables (advertising or publicity wise...) For example:

This product is ideal for:

- Cauliflowers, Tomatoes, Turnips, Cabbages, Broccoli and Green Peppers

Would you put an "s" on broccoli, or as Grammar Geek explained, you "cannot" have just broccoli alone (it needs to be with a crown)?

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When I was in New York I went to eat in a nice place in Times Square and they had a list of vegetables hung on the wall: I saw that 'broccoli' didn't have the 's', while 'tomatoes' did! Unfortunately I don't remember anything about cabbage Emotion: sad
BettyBoop70Thank you Grammar Geek and Francesca!

How about if you list vegetables (advertising or publicity wise...) For example:

This product is ideal for:

- Cauliflowers, Tomatoes, Turnips, Cabbages, Broccoli and Green Peppers

Would you put an "s" on broccoli, or as Grammar Geek explained, you "cannot" have just broccoli alone (it needs to be with a crown)?

Thanks again for your precious help! Emotion: smile

No, it's totally fine to have broccoli alone. It's when you want to COUNT it that you have to come up with the right word (which I think is crown).

Ideal for cauliflower, tomatoes, turnips, cabbage, broccoli, and green peppers.

The ones in aqua are countable, and therefore take the plural.

Cabbages can go either way - If I say I like cabbage, I'm using it in the non-count sense. If I say I bought two cabbages, I mean I bought two head of it.
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