Make Your Editor Cry: Fish (Awkward Plural)

Make Your Editor Cry: Fish (Awkward Plural)

BLUF: (Bottom Line Up Front)
The plural of fish is fish or less commonly fishes.

fish: an aquatic animal

The singular of fish is fish. The plural of fish is also fish or less commonly fishes. The plurals fish and fishes can be used interchangeably, but fishes as a plural is considered archaic. Also, marine biologists observe a distinction between fish and fishes. In biology, fishes best translates as types of fish, not plurals of generic fish.

Examples:

Fish range in size from 8 millimeters to 16 meters.
Our pond contains 1 albino fish.
The population is about half goldfishes and half catfishes.

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