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    Default two kinds of fish(es)

    There are two _____ in the water.
    (A) kinds of fishes (B) kinds of fish
    The answer is option B. What's wrong with option A?

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Both are fine. Swan 551.2

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There are two _____ in the water.
    (A) kinds of fishes (B) kinds of fish
    The answer is option B. What's wrong with option A?
    Hi Sitifan,

    As you can see in the link below (Usage), fishes is grammatically correct, but only for specific purposes.

    fish - WordReference.com Dictionary of English

    So in this case, only B would be correct.

    Hope it helps.

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    Charliedeut

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    So in this case, only B would be correct.
    No!

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Both are OK, IMO.

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    Both are fine. Swan 551.2
    Swan doesn't mention fish(es) in 551.2
    In 524.3, he writes: Fish has a rare plural fishes,but the normal plural is fish.
    Last edited by 5jj; 14-Jan-2011 at 11:07. Reason: additional information

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Swan doesn't mention fish(es) in 551.2
    In 524.3, he writes: Fish has a rare plural fishes,but the normal plural is fish.
    Swan says this:

    kinds of Xs
    kinds of X

    and this is what corum obviously meant.

    fishes = plural of fish

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Fish has a rare plural fishes,but the normal plural is fish.
    But not when fishes refer to several species.

    several species = several fishes
    several species = several fish

    There are two fish.
    There are two fishes.

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Quote Originally Posted by Randombubbles View Post
    But not when fishes refer to several species.

    several species = several fishes
    several species = several fish
    Fine, though I think more people would say 'several species/kinds/types of fish' than 'several fishes'.

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    Default Re: two kinds of fish(es)

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I would find it hard to trust an answer about language from somebody who could write:
    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Fish has a rare plural fishes,but the normal plural is fish.

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