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Is the word food singular or plural?



 
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Is the word food singular or plural? #1 (permalink) Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:29 am   Is the word food singular or plural?
 

Food is singular or plural .

And also is "foods" a correct word to be used.

In the following sentence is the usage of the word foods correct here because food is refered as it in the next part of sentence. "when they eat it"

Dental caries and gingivitis can be exacerbated not only by what patients eat but also by when they eat it
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IS Food singular or plural #2 (permalink) Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:03 pm   IS Food singular or plural
 

I would think of food as singular, and foodstuffs as plural.

" when they eat it ", more likely refers to the time of day, especially before going to bed.
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Is the word food singular or plural? #3 (permalink) Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:11 pm   Is the word food singular or plural?
 

I'd say foods is an acceptable word and can be used when you are talking about different kinds of food, especially in dietary terms.

For example, what foods do you suggest for a pregnant woman?

Food can be used in abstract sense too, as in the sentence below.

I haven't had food in 2 days.
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Is the word food singular or plural? #4 (permalink) Wed Apr 08, 2009 14:08 pm   Is the word food singular or plural?
 

"Food" is an uncountable noun.

Uncountable nouns are materials, concepts, information, etc. which are not individual objects and can not be counted.

information, water, understanding, wood, cheese, etc.

Uncountable nouns are always singular. Use the singular form of the verb with uncountable nouns:

There is some water in that pitcher.
That is the equipment we use for the project.
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Is the word food singular or plural? #5 (permalink) Wed Apr 08, 2009 14:22 pm   Is the word food singular or plural?
 

Hi Milanya!

Are you implying that foods doesn't exist or is incorrect?

Here is an excerpt from an article on food on Wikipedia.

Almost all foods are of plant or animal origin, although there are some exceptions. Foods not coming from animal or plant sources include various edible fungi, such as mushrooms. Fungi and ambient bacteria are used in the preparation of fermented and pickled foods such as leavened bread, alcoholic drinks, cheese, pickles, and yogurt. Many cultures eat seaweed, a protist, or blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) such as Spirulina.[1] Additionally, salt is often eaten as a flavoring or preservative, and baking soda is used in food preparation. Both of these are inorganic substances, as is water, an important part of human diet.[/i]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food
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Is the word food singular or plural? #6 (permalink) Wed Apr 08, 2009 15:22 pm   Is the word food singular or plural?
 

I think Milanya means that you don't need to use it in the 'plural' form. There's no need to.
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Is the word food singular or plural? #7 (permalink) Wed Apr 08, 2009 16:27 pm   Is the word food singular or plural?
 

Daemon99 wrote:
Are you implying that foods doesn't exist ?

It does exist. One food, two foods, three foods.....etc.

Daemon99 wrote:
Here is an excerpt from an article on food on Wikipedia.
And who is the author of wiki? How far can one trust it?

Quote:
Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from all around the world; anyone can edit it. Visitors do not need specialized qualifications to contribute...articles frequently contain significant misinformation, unencyclopedic content, or vandalism. Users need to be aware of this to obtain valid information and avoid misinformation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:About

I have done some editing myself. There have been awful spelling and grammar errors.
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