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Discussion in 'Players´ Corner' started by pek712, Sep 28, 2014.

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  1. BeastMasterXXX

    BeastMasterXXX Living Forum Legend

    Hey Pek

    Good question - and difficult to answer completely. Both can be considered correct as plurals.

    In British English we tend to use fruit more than fruits but in US English they will use fruits more often. Some will say that you should use fruits when talking about different varieties of fruit, but using fruit in this instance is also correct.

    I guess you just have to use what you think sounds better - for instance:-

    There is fruit on the table
    There is a variety of fruit on the table
    But also
    There are a number of fruits of the table.

    What do you think?

    Now, ask yourself about the plural of fish. Is it fish or fishes?
     
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  2. pek712

    pek712 All knowing Oracle

    Thank you for your answer Beast, it really is appreciated :)

    We have been taught in school that the plural of fish is 'fishes' only when talking about different fish species, otherwise fish. For example, there are a lot of different fishes, but there are plenty of fish in the sea.
    I hope that is correct and hey! that's funny, 'species' is another irregular plural :D
     
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  3. BeastMasterXXX

    BeastMasterXXX Living Forum Legend

    Yes, that's what I would have said about fish/fishes too (chuckle)

    We sure do have a funny language.
     
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