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Apple is good. (Here Apple is referred to as a kind of fruit, not a company.) The subject is without "the" and "an", nor is it in plural form. Is this correct? What does it mean when a noun is used like this? Thanks.

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It is not idiomatic English - unless you are talking about cooked apple as a substance.

What kinds of pie filling do you like?

Apple is good, but I like cherry best.

When speaking about the natural, uncooked fruit, we would always say

Apples/cherries/oranges are good.

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  • Interesting note - this applies specifically to fruit that are small enough that a person can eat a whole one. For large fruit, where one is generally shared by a group, we usually refer to it as you have. For fruit like watermelon, cantaloupe, grapefruit, and pineapple, we would be more likely to say, Pineapple is good, than to say, Pineapples are good. N-gramming those two pineapple phrases produces one of the most interesting graphs I have ever seen. I'm not sure what I'm seeing but I'm sure a senior thesis is in there somewhere.
    – EllieK
    May 7 '21 at 11:59
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I reckon if we are speaking about apples in general, the sentence should be as follows:

The apple is good.

Kind regards

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    No, that would only be used when speaking of a particular apple - or about the apple as a botanical species. May 7 '21 at 10:52

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