I received the following email late last night and thought that it would make a great discussion:
Kate: Could you please enlighten us language teachers about the following sentences- which is/ are correct usage? And why?
1. My favorite fruit is apples.
2. My favorite fruit is an apple
3. My favorite fruit is the apple.
4. My favorite fruit is apple.
I tend to think 1, 3 and 4 are correct. What do you think?
Thanks for your help,
What a great question! Ordinarily, I would go to look it up in my books and online, but I have no idea even where to start.
If you’ve read the Globe feature on me, you know that I mostly go by instinct. In this situation, I think that 1 and 3 are correct. The second option would be correct if you were referring to your one favorite piece of fruit in the world. (My favorite fruit is an apple that came from a farm in the Berkshires, and it had a red and green swirl on it that kind of looked like Drew Carey when you squinted really hard at it.)
What do you think?