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    #1

    i have a fish or i have fish?

    what is the difference, sir?


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    #2

    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by richelle View Post
    what is the difference, sir?

    Hi,
    I have a fish. = I have one fish.
    I have fish. = I have several fish or some fish.


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    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by richelle View Post
    what is the difference, sir?

    a fish= the number is limited to one fish

    WhIlE

    fish= undefinite number



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    #4

    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    I have fish for dinner - doesn't mean that I have several fish.

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    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I have fish for dinner - doesn't mean that I have several fish.

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    This is true.

    However when speaking of eating fish, we are often referring to fillets or pieces of fish.

    You wouldn't point to a pond which contained one fish and say look there's fish.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I have fish for dinner - doesn't mean that I have several fish.

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    It could, but it probably means some fish, i.e. a portion of fish.

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    #7

    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi richelle,

    There a few examples which have to be my corroboration of bhaisahab’s words:

    be as dumb as a fish
    to drink like a fish
    feel like a fish out of water
    fish begins to stink at the head
    catch fish but catch a fish (only “one” fish)

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    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

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    fish begins to stink at the head
    This one sounds fishy! What does it mean?

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    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    Hi Raymott,

    Originally Posted by vil [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/ADMINI%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]

    fish begins to stink at the head

    This one sounds fishy! What does it mean?

    "The fish always stinks from the head downwards."

    The freshness of a dead fish can be judged from the condition of its head. Thus, when the responsible part (as the leader of a country, for example Bush) is rotten, the rest will soon follow.

    Regards

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    Re: i have a fish or i have fish?

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi Raymott,

    Originally Posted by vil [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/ADMINI%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]

    fish begins to stink at the head

    This one sounds fishy! What does it mean?

    "The fish always stinks from the head downwards."

    The freshness of a dead fish can be judged from the condition of its head. Thus, when the responsible part (as the leader of a country, for example Bush) is rotten, the rest will soon follow.

    Regards

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    Ah, of course!

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