Fish / Fishes?

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Is 'fish' or 'fishes' the correct plural form of the word 'fish'? Dictionaries list both as correct but I have always believed and taught that the plural of 'fish' is 'fish'.
Thanks for you help.
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Folks, this topic seems to fascinate people who are learning English!

But note this.
in my experience you could live in an English-speaking country for 20 years and never use or encounter the word 'fishes'.
Outside this Forum, I mean.

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Hello Tania,

As taiwandave posted (http://www.englishforums.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=33177 ), "fishes" is the alternative plural form of "fish". But it's seldom used.
Full Member104
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Fish is both singular and plural within a species. One salmon in a fish, three salmons are 3 fish. Fishes is the plural when you have more than one species. One salmon is a fish, but one salmon and one flounder are 2 fishes.

I didn't make this up (how could I).
Anonymous:
Fish is the correct grammar. If you say fishes you're really saying more than a kind!
Anonymous:
GuestFish is both singular and plural within a species. One salmon in a fish, three salmons are 3 fish. Fishes is the plural when you have more than one species. One salmon is a fish, but one salmon and one flounder are 2 fishes.

I didn't make this up (how could I).
You're right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous:
Incidentally the correct plural of salmon is salmon ;-) Just like nearly all kinds of fish there is no separate plural form (though there are exceptions such as rays or sharks).
Anonymous:
Fishes is used when talking about different spiecies of fish and fish(p) is use when talking about the same type of fish[<:o)].
Anonymous:
According to Michael Swan's Practical English Usage,1995 edition, page 523, words such as fish, sheep, and deer do not change in the plural
Anonymous:
Anonymous Fish is both singular and plural within a species. One salmon in a fish, three salmons are 3 fish. Fishes is the plural when you have more than one species. One salmon is a fish, but one salmon and one flounder are 2 fishes. I didn't make this up (how could I).You're right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then, another question come up here. Are two salmons and two flounders "2 fishes" or "4 fishes"?
Thank you.
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