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Yeast: mass or plural noun? [duplicate]

I think of "yeast" as a mass noun, and the Oxford dictionary, bless its heart, agrees with me. However, Merriam Webster Unabridged says it's a singular whose plural is formed by -s. Can anyone offer ...
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Why is “charge” uncountable?

He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee. Why is charge uncountable here? God gave Joshua a charge. In this case, it is countable. I can't find authoritative sources.
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Singular/plural in “no X since” vs “no Xs since”

I commented against an earlier question “No A or B” vs. “Neither A nor B” that in contexts such as The system has had no error since 2013 native speakers would invariably use the plural errors. As I ...
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Why do more sentences start with 'data' as a plural, than when it is within the sentence?

I recently put together some Google n-grams for a short piece on the transition of the word data into a singular (mass) noun: Data are Beautiful: Data's story in grammar. There was one peculiar ...
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“She doesn't like fruit” vs. “she doesn't like fruits” [duplicate]

In the following context, which do you use and why? Helen doesn't eat apples or bananas. She doesn't like [fruit/fruits]. I think it is fruit but I'm having a hard time explaining to myself why ...
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Why can't we say “informations”? [closed]

Why we can't put the word information in the plural form? "Give me all the informations you've got", even if it's wrong, sounds more beautiful to my non-native ear than "give me all the information ...
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Potato or Potatoes

When considering a recipe which contains potatoes, which would be correct for the UK: 350g of potato 350g of potatoes
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Is using “fruits” as the plural of “fruit” acceptable?

I've always understood the plural of fruit to be fruit, not fruits. I was looking at some marketing material and they used the word "fruits" in the following context: A unique infusion made with ...