What is the Plural Form of Fish?

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What is the plural form of fish? Some believe that the plural of fish is “fish,” while others claim that the plural of fish is “fishes.” In fact, they are both correct. However, while both “fish” and “fishes” can refer to the plural form of fish, they must be used appropriately. “Fish” can be used when referring to many fish of one species. For example, if a person is pointing at 10 goldfish he would say, “Look at those fish in the pond!” On the other hand, “fishes” is used when referring to many fish of multiple species. For example, if a person is pointing at 10 goldfish and 10 koi fish, he would say, “Look at those fishes in the pond!” So there you have it! The plural form of fish is “fish” AND “fishes.”

 

Posted on March 29, 2013 and filed under News, Journal.