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    #1

    The proble with fishes and deers

    4 fish = fish + fish + fish+ fish
    4 fishes = 4 different kinds of fish

    The above is okay but can I say

    3 deer = deer+deer+deer
    3 deers = 3 different kinds of deer

    and others such as

    3 sheeps = 3 different kinds of sheep
    3 salmons = 3 different kinds of salmon
    3 herrings = 3 different kinds of herring

    or only fish can be fishes
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    Re: The proble with fishes and deers

    I can see nothing wrong with the theoretical use of three salmons, but I have never come across it. I don't fish. I would be more likely to use three types of salmon, but I am thinking as someone who eats it rather than someone who catches it- they might feel differently.

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    Re: The proble with fishes and deers

    "Deers", "Salmons", "Herrings" and "'Sheeps" are acceptable plurals in many dictionaries. That said, the usage is uncommon and many people will think that the speaker has misspoken. "Types of/kinds of sheep, deer, salmon, herring" would be safer.

    Fishes is probably different just because it is more common.

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