I noticed that in banks' publications, they speak of notes and coin (rather than coins).

So, is coin a non-count noun, like fruit and fish?

We'd say, "Do you have any fruit/fish in your fridge?" (rather than fruits/fishes).

Should we also say, "Do you have any coin in your drawer?"

  • Yes, "coin" is often used in that way in banks, shops etc where they are dealing with large quantities. However we still talk about "the coins in my pocket or purse". One wouldn't use the non-count version other than with someone who kept both notes and coin. – WS2 Feb 20 '19 at 9:23
  • Coin is not a non-count noun in everyday speech. Banks use it in the special sense of 'money in coins rather than notes'. – Kate Bunting Feb 20 '19 at 9:25
  • It can be non-count, although usually it's count. I'd say any coins in your drawer. – Peter Shor Feb 20 '19 at 13:11
  • Both fruit and fish can be used in a countable way. I ate two fruits and I ate two fishes are both grammatical, even if not common. – Jason Bassford Feb 20 '19 at 22:35

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