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Hello, English forum! I'm here to throw you guys a question today.

I've found the word 'when' to be very confusing and difficult to use in sentences. Here is an example;
'When are there many fish in the sea?'
I intend to ask for the time at which many fish(more than usual) are present.
But the above sentence doesn't seem grammartically right to me.

Well, is it correct?

Is it not? If so, how should I tweak it?
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lyok0929'When are there many fish in the sea?'
I intend to ask for the time at which many fish(more than usual) are present.
But the above sentence doesn't seem grammartically right to me.
Your sentence is grammatically correct, and I would interpret its meaning as you intend it.

When am I most likely to be able to view the Humpback Whales?
("When" here equals "at what time" / "during what period")

Still, a native speaker would probably not use your sentence as it stands.

The problem is not really with "when." I think it's with "many" vs. "most."
When are there the most fish in the sea?

I think it's a concept problem. There are always many fish in the sea!
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Your question is fine, and asks what you intend.

Here are some more plausible questions, of the same nature, but different topic:
When do the tourists come to the beach?
When is the beach crowded with tourists?
When are there many tourists on the beach?
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There are always many fish in the sea!

Hi Avangi;
That's not true if you believe the environmentalists! Some species of fish (like cod) have declined dramatically in numbers over the past decades.

Of course, the fishermen dispute these findings.
Try out our live chat room.
If you're a fisherman,

When is the best time of day to catch fish?
What is the best season for catching fish?

If not,

When is the best [ time (of day) / of the year] to see fish if I want to see as many as possible?

CJ