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    a or one

    Hello there, I have another doubt, yesterday while I was writting a letter I did not know if I had to use a or one in this sentence. I have two fishes and a or one dog? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: a or one

    Quote Originally Posted by moniki View Post
    Hello there, I have another doubt, yesterday while I was writting a letter I did not know if I had to use a or one in this sentence. I have two fishes and a or one dog? Thanks a lot.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Moniki.

    (1) What an interesting question.

    (2) Well, first, I think (think) that most Americans usually use "fish"

    for the plural.

    (a) About the only people who use "fishes" for the plural may be

    scientists who are studying the various kinds in the ocean.

    (3) As you know the word "a" comes from the word "an," which

    means "one."

    (a) I think speakers would use "one" only if they wanted to emphasize

    the number:

    Tom: How many pets do you have?

    Mona: Well, I have three birds, two cats, and a dog.

    Tom: Excuse me. I didn't hear you. How many dogs?

    Mona: One!!!

    (4) Therefore, in my opinion only, I think that if you and a friend

    are having lunch and talking:

    Martha: I have three birds, two cats, and a snake. What about you?

    You: Oh, I have two fish and a dog.

    ***** Have a nice day!

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    #3

    Re: a or one

    on the inventory: two fish and one dog

    Normally, I would use this:

    I have two fish and a dog.

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    Re: a or one

    [QUOTE=TheParser;608409]***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Moniki.

    (1) What an interesting question.

    (2) Well, first, I think (think) that most Americans usually use "fish"




    Hello TheParser, Thanks for your explanation very clear, have a good night!.
    Last edited by moniki; 30-May-2010 at 03:17.

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