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In a sea food market, if I want to buy more than one of each of the following sea animals, I believe I shall use plural forms, such as:

I want some squids (oysters, clams, shrimps, lobsters, or crabs).

But in a restaurant, when I want to order a dish of one of the above sea food, shall I say:

Can I have some squids (oysters, clams, shrimps, lobsters, or crabs) ? Or shall I use singular forms, as they are taken as food? But a dish of lobster may have only one lobster, however, a dish of oyster and shripms would definitely have more than one.
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Ethanw
In a sea food market, if I want to buy more than one of each of the following sea animals, I believe I shall use plural forms, such as:

I want some squids (oysters, clams, shrimps, lobsters, or crabs).

But in a restaurant, when I want to order a dish of one of the above sea food, shall I say:

Can I have some squids (oysters, clams, shrimps, lobsters, or crabs) ? Or shall I use singular forms, as they are taken as food? But a dish of lobster may have only one lobster, however, a dish of oyster and shripms would definitely have more than one.
Plural form is fine for oysters and clams. Shrimpsis o.k. But the others should be singular. If I thought I could give a thorough explanation as to why, I would do so. But I can't!Emotion: big smile
Hi, Philip.

Thank you very much for your reply. But is your answer good for my first problem: can plural forms be used for all of them if I use these names to refer to the sea creatures themselves?
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Hi philip:

You say in your last post: Plural form is fine for oysters and clams. Shrimps is o.k. Can it be interpreted as: Singular form is also OK for oysters, clams and shrimps, when they are refered to as food? Thank you for your patience.

Ethanw
Ethanw
can plural forms be used for all of them if I use these names to refer to the sea creatures themselves?

Acceptable plural forms of squid are-- squid and squids. However, squids seems generally more appropriate in referring to two or more kinds or species of squid. You can order shrimp at a restaurant, and expect to get more than one on your plate. Shrimp has the same plural possibilities as squid.
The plural of shrimp is shrimp(s).

The word lobster is uncountable when it refers to the flesh of a lobster.

The word crab is also uncountable when it refers to the flesh.
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My general usage for pluralization is as follows:
Clams
Oysters
Shrimp
Lobster
Crab
Scallops
Squid

The only one on that list that I know would be grammatically incorrect by adding the "S" would be lobster. The rest, aside from maybe oyster and clam, are acceptable in either form. I personally detest the usage of shrimps, squids, crabs; the first two due to their harsh sound and the last due to it's association with a lice infestation. That being said, after some research I have been unable to find a rhyme or reason for any of these lingual quirks. Even emailing the good folks at mirriam webster has led nowhere.
I searched this first and came across this forum and then decided to add my conclusion. I feel when eating most should be left out, such as beef, chicken and pork would never be beefs, chickens and porks...just like fish. Now when you go out to buy you would say, a kg of shrimp, just the same. I feel crabs would be different. You go to buy full crabs you would say two crabs or a couple crabs. If the crab meat was already ground up or pieced out you would say a kg of crab. You could count shrimps too but nobody would say, please give me two shrimps. Anyway..just a thought
TeoThe plural of shrimp is shrimp.The word lobster is uncountable when it refers to the flesh of a lobster.The word crab is also uncountable when it refers to the flesh.
According to the Collins Cobuild Dictionary, 'shrimp' is countable. The example provided is as follows.
Shrimps are small shellfish with long tails and many legs.
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