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She is eating my fish

Salut ! I was doing the test, and it asked me to translate "She is eating my fish". I crossed both "Elle mange mon poisson" and "Elle mange mes poissons". But it said that only the plural one is correct. Is that so? I mean "fish" in English is both singular and plural.

October 21, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/squib2012

fish (plural) refers to the food, whereas fishes (plural) refers to the animal. I think the translation to poissons is misleading.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatrineTJ

Are you certain? I've never heard "fishes" before. I'd say that the food and the animal are one and the same?..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/squib2012

I double checked - fishes refers to species of fishes, not just the animals. So the plural for food and for the animal is "fish" - but if you are talking about several species of shark for example, you would call them "fishes". It isn't used very much. "Fish" is a more common plural.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatrineTJ

Allright, thanks, that clears it up. But with that in mind, wouldn't both "Elle mange mon poisson" and "Elle mange mes poissons" be correct answers?

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