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    Fish vs Fishes

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    There are so many ___ that they can be seen by satellites!
    1. fish
    2. fishes


    Which one and why? (In my opinion both can fit here.)

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    Re: Fish vs Fishes

    We use "fish".

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    Re: Fish vs Fishes

    The only time we use "fishes" is when we are referring to diffeernt species of fish.

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    Re: Fish vs Fishes

    I remember coming across "fishes" in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Does anybody remeber "How Doth the Little Crocodile..."?

    "How doth the little crocodile
    Improve his shining tail,
    And pour the waters of the Nile
    On every golden scale!
    How cheerfully he seems to grin,
    How neatly spreads his claws,
    And welcomes little fishes in
    With gently smiling jaws!"

    I am wondering whether this use of "fishes" refers to different spieces as well. Or maybe it is just as common in modern English as the use of "doth" instead of "does"?
    Last edited by Weaver67; 07-May-2014 at 10:16.

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    Re: Fish vs Fishes

    "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea"
    'Fishes' is a legitimate plural for fish, especially when you're writing a song that requires a two-syllable word.
    No, it doesn't imply different species.

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    Re: Fish vs Fishes

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea"
    Joy to you and me!

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    Re: Fish vs Fishes

    Quote Originally Posted by Weaver67 View Post
    And welcomes little fishes in
    With gently smiling jaws!"

    I am wondering whether this use of "fishes" refers to different spieces as well.
    No. The poet needed a two-syllable word to fit the metre of the verse.

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