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Is "Foods" Acceptable?

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I see more and more people using the word foods. Even spell-check doesn't correct it. To me, it sounds wrong, like saying stuffs to mean having a lot of stuff. I'm pretty sure stuffs is wrong, and I used to think it was like that with foods too, but I've been seeing it more and more lately and I'm wondering if it's become an acceptable word.

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I think it is acceptable because super foods, which I hear a lot, sounds correct. I'm guessing it is used when using interchangeably with the word ingredients, or other similar words. I agree that it never really sounded correct though. I always found it to be very awkward to use and to hear.

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It depends on the context, but like the above commenter said, people do say "super foods" and it's fine. English is an ever evolving language, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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It depends on the situation the word is being used in. For instance, look at the following sentence:

Carrots make good foods!

In the above sentence, since Carrots is a group, then the s at the end of food becomes unnecessary.

However, when speaking in plural or about two or more separate items, then the word foods is acceptable.

For example:

Tomatoes and carrots are good foods!

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I totally agree with odd visions, it really depends on the context, but generally speaking foods is right most of the time.  If you use it wrongly in a sentence isn't going to be a big deal, it might only sound a bit odd, but most people won't even notice.  I think you have to go with your gut feeling most of the time, just use it when it feels right! 

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