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    If I sell fish by the kilo, should I say "How much fish or How many fish would you like"?

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    Re: fish

    I am not a teacher

    I think you must say
    "How much fish would you like?" or "How many kilos fish would you like?"

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    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by gayanah View Post
    I think you must say
    "How much fish would you like?" or "How many kilos of fish would you like?"


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    How about other countable nouns like 'potato', for instance? The same?

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    Re: fish

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    Thank you RonBee

    To be honest I noticed that I had missed the preposition "of" but it was too late the post was already sent.

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    How about other countable nouns like 'potato', for instance? The same?
    I am not sure it is the same because potatoes are always sold by weight,aren't they

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    How about other countable nouns like 'potato', for instance? The same?
    "Fish" and "potato" are both countable, but the usual plural of "fish" is "fish". (The word "fish" is pluralized in an irregular way.) Thus, we might say, "I caught two fish." But "potato" is pluralized in the regular way. Thus, we might say, "I put four potatoes in the pot to boil."



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    Re: fish

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    "Fish" and "potato" are both countable, but the usual plural of "fish" is "fish". (The word "fish" is pluralized in an irregular way.) Thus, we might say, "I caught two fish." But "potato" is pluralized in the regular way. Thus, we might say, "I put four potatoes in the pot to boil."

    Thanks RonBee, but my question was about How much and How many. Will it be correct to say: "How much potato would you like"?

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    Thanks RonBee, but my question was about How much and How many. Will it be correct to say: "How much potato would you like"?
    No, say, "How many potatoes would you like?" But if you are talking about mashed potatoes say, "How much would you like?"



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    Re: fish

    I think I've got it. 'Fish' as food is uncountable. That's why 'How much fish would you like?' even if there are whole bodies of fish on the counter.

    Please confirm:
    How many potatoes would you like? - Three kilos, please.

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