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  • Plural of basket is baskets.
  • Plural of apple is apples.

Assuming there is more than one apple in each basket.

There are two baskets of apples.

Is this sentence grammatically correct?

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What sentence? The sentence “Is this sentence grammatically correct?” is correct, yes. If you had another sentence in mind, you should place it in your question body clearly marked as such. Also, remember that English is not a mathematics equation, so using math reasoning seldom leads to a correct answer as applied to English. –  tchrist Feb 18 '13 at 2:08
    
Sorry, added the sentence now. –  Kaizoku Feb 18 '13 at 2:54
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'one basket of apple' = You have one basket, and in that one basket is some apple substance, maybe applesauce? –  Mitch Feb 18 '13 at 4:37
    
I believe this question would have fit better at the English Language Learners Stack Exchange, which is designed for more basic English and grammar questions. You're welcome to participate in both communities, of course, but may want to consider asking questions like this one over there. –  J.R. Feb 18 '13 at 10:50

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The container is pluralized, and the content retains whatever number it had in a single container. So:

  • One basket of apples ... two baskets of apples
  • One can of beans ... two cans of beans
  • One crate of celery ... two crates of celery

The same holds for forms:

  • One wheel of cheese ... two wheels of cheese
  • One side of beef ... two sides of beef
  • One bunch of grapes ... two bunches of grapes

This is, however, a comparatively recent ‘rule’. In old texts, and in some present-day dialects, you may encounter two keg of brandy, two loaf of bread, two pound of sugar, two barrel of pilchards; and two dozen eggs (older often two dozen of eggs) and two brace of grouse are still standard.

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