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    #1

    fish

    Hi there,
    Please help with the following option.
    I caught (a fish/ fish) yesterday?

    tks
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    #2

    Re: fish

    Both sentences are correct.

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    #3

    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by simon1234 View Post
    Hi there,
    Please help with the following option.
    I caught (a fish/ fish) yesterday?

    tks
    simon
    Hello,

    (I'm neither English nor a student, but for me your first sentence means you have caught one fish.

    Maybe I'm wrong but without article it's more general.

    Bye,

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    #4

    Re: fish

    I caught a fish means you caught one fish.

    A native speaker is not likely to say 'I caught fish yesterday'.

    I'd say 'I caught some/a few/three fish yesterday.

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    #5

    Re: fish

    fish can be used both as singular and plural like you caught a fish means a single fish and you caught fish means many fish .fishes can be used when there are different kinds of them .I am a student and this information is from a book somewhere i had read.

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    #6

    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post

    A native speaker is not likely to say 'I caught fish yesterday'.

    I'd say 'I caught some/a few/three fish yesterday.
    I think it's not entirely true. Indeed, no one would say "I caught fish yesterday" to mean "I caught some fish." But if they meant a repetitive action, it would be possible I think.

    I caught fish yesterday. ≈ I fished yesterday.

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    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I think it's not entirely true. Indeed, no one would say "I caught fish yesterday" to mean "I caught some fish." But if they meant a repetitive action, it would be possible I think.

    I caught fish yesterday. ≈ I fished yesterday.
    It's still unlikely.
    A: What did you do yesterday?
    B: I went fishing. Right
    B: I caught fish. Bizarre, but not wrong.

    (Sorry if I appear to be carping).

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    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's still unlikely.
    A: What did you do yesterday?
    B: I went fishing. Right
    B: I caught fish. Bizarre, but not wrong.

    (Sorry if I appear to be carping).
    Right, it's not likely to appear in this context. Less controversial examples can be found here. Almost all of them have the same problem: "I caught fish" is not a standalone sentence there, but a part of a subordinate clause. But if we agree to give "yesterday" up, we obtain such results as:

    I fished deep, I fished shallow; I fished slow, I fished fast; I caught fish
    early, I caught fish late

    I caught fish all day, and my best fish came when the wind would blow on a spinnerbait.

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    #9

    Re: fish

    (I caught the "carping" reference, even if no one else did.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    (I caught the "carping" reference, even if no one else did.)
    I thought it was not my plaice to draw attention to it.

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