https://www.duolingo.com/larsth

pez vs pescado, when to use which one

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Pez is an animal, which you catch by doing the verb "pescar."

Once a fish has been caught, it has been "pescado" - the past participle of "pescar."

The "pez nadando" has become "pescado en tu plato"

... scrapped from : http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/133884/pescado-vs-pez#a175862

Can I safely assume that a pez is very lively, and pescado not so much, -as in - it is either dead or had been caught?

9 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Alan2k02
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El pez / Los peces ... el pescado / los pescados

pez = in the ocean / los peces = a group of fishes

el pescado = in the market / los pescados = plural of fishes

too "pescado" ... te he pescado viendo TV = I catch you watching TV + los pescamos comiendo cereal = We catch you eating cereal + los pescaremos en clases esta noche = We will catch you in class tonight

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sackrockero

pescado = when you are going to eat it pez = when it is alive ;)

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoNoEsImposible

The times when I told people I had "pescado en un tanque" ... lol

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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"Pez" is a living fish, but English word "fish" includes some animals aren't "peces" in Spanish. Salmons, sharks and eels are both "fish" and "peces".

"Pescado" is a caught fish, live or dead, and also its meat and dishes (like "cow" vs "beef").

Said that, in colloquial Spanish from some countries, the only word is "pescado", "pez" is taught at school and used in formal circunstances.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dlhgl
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There is a post from Luis about it:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/89

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielLucri
DanielLucri
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Thanks!!!

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mudosh

Interesting ... never heard about that on Duo.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
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The verb "pescar" means "to fish." So the noun "pescado" means literally "that which is/was fished." When used as a noun, as in "me gusta pescar," translate "pescar" as "fishing."

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/merkavar

The way i remember it is pez=pet as in a fish in a fish tank

Pescado is therefore the food/meat

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
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If a fish jumps into your boat, with nobody even having the intention of going fishing, does it remain un pez even if you filet it, cook it, serve it, eat it and win a trophy for it?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/speising
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if you write a story about catching and later eating a fish, would you use pez before catching and pescado after? or stick with one of them?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/poche112
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Thank you for this... I needed that explanation.

9 months ago
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