I don't know if "fruit" works as a singular or a plural in these cases: HOW MANY fruit(s) or HOW MUCH fruit do you eat a day? Today I have had three fruit(s).

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The plural "fruits" is occasionally used to mean "types of fruit". However in your case you should use

How many pieces of fruit?

I had three (pieces of fruit).

(although a more natural response might be to list them, since a grape is so different from a grapefruit)


When the question

How much fruit do you eat in a day?

is asked, although the noun fruit is uncountable in this context, it is idiomatic to use a countable noun when you respond (as James K has already touched upon)

I eat three pieces of fruit every day.

The same applies to other uncountable nouns, such as money:

Q: How much money do you have?

A: I have three dollars.

  • Is it more natural then to say "These fruit are all rotten" or rather "This fruit is all rotten". Does the word "fruit" without a final /s/ agree with a verb in the plural or in the singular?
    – zenith3
    Commented Feb 5, 2022 at 10:44
  • This fruit is all rotten is the standard idiom. The word "fruit" without the final /s/ agrees with the singular verb, as I have written. (You will never encounter the construction These fruits are all rotten although it does conform to standard usage.)
    – J. Berry
    Commented Feb 5, 2022 at 11:15
  • Note that these are examples of how to respond to a quantitative question about an uncountable noun (fruit/money), with a different, countable noun (pieces/dollars).
    – Davislor
    Commented Feb 5, 2022 at 20:54

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