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Hello there, I have another doubt, yesterday while I was writting a letter I did not know if I had to use a or one in this sentence. I have two fishes and a or one dog? Thanks a lot.;-)
 

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Hello there, I have another doubt, yesterday while I was writting a letter I did not know if I had to use a or one in this sentence. I have two fishes and a or one dog? Thanks a lot.;-)

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Good morning, Moniki.

(1) What an interesting question.

(2) Well, first, I think (think) that most Americans usually use "fish"

for the plural.

(a) About the only people who use "fishes" for the plural may be

scientists who are studying the various kinds in the ocean.

(3) As you know the word "a" comes from the word "an," which

means "one."

(a) I think speakers would use "one" only if they wanted to emphasize

the number:

Tom: How many pets do you have?

Mona: Well, I have three birds, two cats, and a dog.

Tom: Excuse me. I didn't hear you. How many dogs?

Mona: One!!!

(4) Therefore, in my opinion only, I think that if you and a friend

are having lunch and talking:

Martha: I have three birds, two cats, and a snake. What about you?

You: Oh, I have two fish and a dog.

***** Have a nice day!
 

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on the inventory: two fish and one dog

Normally, I would use this:

I have two fish and a dog.
 

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***** NOT A TEACHER *****

Good morning, Moniki.

(1) What an interesting question.

(2) Well, first, I think (think) that most Americans usually use "fish"




Hello TheParser, Thanks for your explanation very clear, have a good night!.:)
 
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