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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
Using 'Fish' as Singular and Plural
Thursday March 25th 2021
Question
In what ways is the word 'fish' used as singular and plural? — Cole, Nigeria
Answer

The plural form of 'fish' is the same as the singular form when you are talking about one kind of fish.

  • I have one fish in my fishtank.
  • I have two fish in my fish tank.
  • I got a new fish for my birthday.
  • I have several fish now.

 

When you are talking about more than one kind or species of fish, both 'fish' and 'fishes' are ok to use.

  • There are many different fishes in our pond. [=There are many kinds of fish in our pond.]
  • These three tropical fish have unique coloring.
  • She studies all the fishes of the sea.

 

'Fish' is also used as a noncount noun when talking about the meat of a fish eaten as food.

  • I had fish for dinner.
  • Is there fish in the casserole?

 

I hope this helps.

 

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