IS FISHES A WORD?
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Is fishes a
Yes, fishes is a real
word, for example Crocodile Dundee fishes with dynamite.
Fishes is used as a 3rd person present singular verb, but we know
what you want to know, is fishes a correct plural term for fish?
The answer is yes and
no, fish and fishes are often used interchangeably, but they each
have different and distinctive meanings, so here goes....
Fish means one fish,
but it can also mean multiple fish, but only when all the fish are
of the same species. For example; if you have an aquarium full of
guppies you have a collection of fish, but if there are fish from
different species then you have fishes.
As soon as you throw
an angle fish into your aquarium full of guppies you now have
fishes. Here are a few common uses of the word 'fishes':
If you are a fan of
the Sopranos you'd know that Sal "Big Pussy" Bompensiero is sleeping
with the fishes. Sal was dumped into the ocean and since the ocean
contains many species of fish then Sal is sleeping with the fishes,
not with the fish.
Now if you're a fan of
Creedence Clearwater Revival then you surely know the song 'Joy To
The World' of which a main line of the chorus is 'Joy to the fishes
in the deep blue sea', again grammatically correct as the deep blue
sea contains many species of fish.
So, although it may
sound fishy, fishes is indeed a real word and now that you know you
can stop fishing for the answer.
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