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Test your english: What is the plural of brother-in-law and fish?

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Random question: what is the plural of brother-in-law? What is the plural of fish? (do not use google or any textbooks) :)
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@kingsonnest wrote
Random question: what is the plural of brother-in-law? What is the plural of fish? (do not use google or any textbooks) :)



I'm guessing "brothers-in-law" and "fishes".

I don't know. "fishes and chips" doesn't sound right. "fish and chips". :scratch:
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The plural is "brothers-in law" and "fishes".
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The plural of fish is fish, however fishes can be used when talking about specific types of fish.

The plural of brother-in-law is brothers-in-law.
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@g93 wrote
The plural of fish is fish, however fishes can be used when talking about specific types of fish.

The plural of brother-in-law is brothers-in-law.



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the plural for fish is fish and the plural for brother-in-law s brothers-in-law
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Fish is the plural of fish.

Eg. I am going to catch a lot of fish.

Brothers-in-law should be the plural of brother-in-law. However the In-Laws are popularly used.
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Plural of Brother-in-law is Brothers-in-law
Plural of fish is usually Fish but Fish(es) can be used to refer to different species of fish.
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Why are we still discussing this? We all agree with the dictionary.

I think the more difficult pluralization is jack-in-the-box. Is it jacks-in-the-box, jack-in-the-boxes, or jacks-in-the-boxes?
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^ I would probably say jack-in-the-boxes, I find it sounds better than the rest.
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brothers-in-law and fish (or school of fish) -helene
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brothers-in-law and fish
fish is like sheep....the plural of sheep is sheep
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As Zion said, the answer has been posted. Stop repeating it....
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The plural would be brothers-in-law. Any word with - when pluralized should be appended with an s on the first word. For fish, I think fishes would refer to different types of fish. Another point, you say fish of the sea which refers to a lot of fish in general. I just lost myself halfway through and now I am confused as well. Well, what is the correct answer on this one?
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I prefer (brother-in-law)s
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A photo of AshleyLynne AshleyLynne
The fish and brothers-in law thing has been done enough lol
As for "jack-in-the-box", it's a single thing in the whole and not actually a person so jack probably wouldnt be plural, just the whole object as "jack-in-the-boxes". Then again I am a science student so maybe my english skills shouldn't be taken too seriously lol
Good questions though :)
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Even better still: is the plural of octopus octopuses, octopi or something else altogether???
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^ octopi and same goes for hippopotamus ---> hippopotami
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@pumpkinsoup wrote
Even better still: is the plural of octopus octopuses, octopi or something else altogether???


I lol'd.
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Haha I can't believe this thread got so many responses.
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ikr:bom:
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@Unknown4Always wrote
^ octopi and same goes for hippopotamus ---> hippopotami



No, no, no, no, no. Learn your Greek. Hippopotamus from ἱπποπόταμος, second declension masculine, therefore ἱπποπόταμοι, hippopotami. Octopus from ὀκτάπους, third declension masculine, therefore ὀκτάπόδες, octopodes, or octopuses following English rules.
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