View Poll Results: What is the plural of fish?

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  • fish

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  • fishes

    17 29.82%
  • both

    17 29.82%
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    0 0%
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    Wink The plural of fish?


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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    You can use "fish" for fish of one kind, or "fishes" for multiple species. This dichotomy is not universal.

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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    You can use "fish" for fish of one kind, or "fishes" for multiple species. This dichotomy is not universal.
    I think the same rule goes with 'people'. Am I right?

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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    I think so, yes.

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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    You can use "fish" for fish of one kind, or "fishes" for multiple species. This dichotomy is not universal.
    i think (fish) . cause i studied the plural and single of fish is fish ,and that is in any situation

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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by moon14 View Post
    i think (fish) . cause i studied the plural and single of fish is fish ,and that is in any situation
    Then I guess a native speaker should state plainly that fish has two plural forms: 'fish' and 'fishes', and that they are normally used in different contexts. 'Fish' is the most common, and would pass in almost all situations.

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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    From my point of view, there are 2 cases,
    the first one is: "fish" is a countable noun so its plural form is "fishes".
    the rest is: "fish" is a uncountable noun so, there isn't plural form.

    I really think that the appropriate answer to this poll is the second choice- FISHES.

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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    What about sheep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    What about sheep?
    Only one form is possible for both singular and plural unlike fish. Fish has two forms; fish and fishes.

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    Default Re: The plural of fish?

    How about 'news'? Is it singular or plural?

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