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    In a book written in English I read an article entitled "Pisces (The Fishes)". (In the first chapter the book deals with the zodiac etc. so that those who're studying English can learn adjectives describing people and so on.)

    My question is, why does it read "The Fishes". I thought that the plural of "fish" is "fish" as well. Is this an exception? Or is it a mistake?

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    Re: fishES

    It is an exception. In things like proper nouns, titles, etc., it is common to alter grammar rules for clarity of meaning or effect.

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    Re: fishES

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka
    In a book written in English I read an article entitled "Pisces (The Fishes)". (In the first chapter the book deals with the zodiac etc. so that those who're studying English can learn adjectives describing people and so on.)

    My question is, why does it read "The Fishes". I thought that the plural of "fish" is "fish" as well. Is this an exception? Or is it a mistake?
    It is an exception here , but otherwise the noun "fish" usually has 2 forms in the plural :fish and fishes [ varieties of fish : mackerel, carp, salmon,etc.]

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    Re: fishES

    Thanks :)
    I always learn something new with you...


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    Re: fishES

    Hi,
    BTW wnen speaking abt the Zodiac signs people mostly use the Latin word - for example, I am a Pisces.
    Bye

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