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In what ways is the word 'fish' used as singular and plural? — Cole, Nigeria
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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