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    #1

    hoards of food in the seas of the world

    Hi teachers,

    Is "There are lots of hoards of food in the seas of the world" correct?

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    #2

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    No. The word you want is "hordes." But that refers to groups of people, not animals. So it's wrong any way you spell it.

    Unless you really mean "hoard," but that doesn't work because a "hoard" is something someone is saving and jealously guarding. There may be a lot of fish in the sea, but no one is hiding them and trying to keep them from everyone else.

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    #3

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    There may be a lot of fish in the sea, but no one is hiding them and trying to keep them from everyone else.
    Ah, you clearly don't remember the Turbot Wars!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    "Hordes" can be used to describe non-humans. In particular, it can be used to describe swarms of insects.

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    #5

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    You might hear something like:

    There are tons of food in the seas of the world.


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    #6

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    'Abundance of food' could also be used.

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    #7

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    ... as long as you change the verb and add an article:

    'There is an abundance of food...'

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    #8

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    lotus888 - with hyperbolic nouns like tons and loads I'd be inclined to use a singular verb. (I don't know if there's a rule, and I could well be breaking it, but this is what I - as a native speaker of BE - would say; 'There's tons/loads/masses/oodles... of food in the sea.')

    (Perhaps the hyperdole angle is a red herring. I would say 'There are millions of leptocephali in the sea' - though, come to think of it, that's no hyperbole, as there really are millions. So scrub my retraction!)

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    Last edited by BobK; 21-Sep-2014 at 12:50. Reason: typo fix

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    #9

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    Interesting take on the hyperbolic nouns. I have heard "There's tons of that stuff everywhere." Maybe it's as erroneous as the ubiquitous "Ain't that the truth?"

    There really are no absolutes in language. And the line on the red herring?...

    BTW, your moniker of Harmless drudge is really great. There was once an English contributor on one of these English websites who called himself the Curmudgeon. That was funny. If we take ourselves too seriously, we'd be in danger of losing our sanity.


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    #10

    Re: hoards of food in the seas of the world

    'Harmless drudge' isn't original. That, as you may know but some readers may not, was Samuel Johnson's definition of a lexicographer (someone who writes dictionaries. I was referring to this.)

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