Is the noun following "we're out of" a singular or plural?

For example we're out of apple or apples.

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It depends if the item is a countable noun.

  • We're out of apples.
  • We're out of flour.
  • Yes, we have no bananas.
  • There is no Joy in Mudville, but they might have Ajax.
  • (in case its not clear the line "yes we have no bananas" is a joke, It's from a song about a Greek shopkeeper who "you should hear him speak!// When you ask him anything, he never answers "no".// He just "yes"es you to death...")
    – James K
    Commented Mar 31, 2022 at 22:06
  • I'm not sure how "it depends" exactly, since uncountable nouns don't really have plural forms.
    – stangdon
    Commented Mar 31, 2022 at 23:15
  • @stangdon, not true: fishes (multiple species), waters (as in meeting of the waters), flours (wheat and rye flours)... Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 21:44

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