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    catch fish/catch fishes

    Do both work?
    VerfasserHello27 Apr. 10, 11:45
    Well yes, if you catch a specific number of fishes, e.g. if there is a pond in your garden and you need to catch the fishes in order to replace the oxygen pump or whatever, then you would catch (the) fishes.

    If you're a fisherman though, and fishing is how you earn your living, then you catch fish. Because fish is not the singular of the animal here, but a trope for your earnings, your subsistence.
    #1VerfasserSage N. Fer Get K.S.C. (382314) 27 Apr. 10, 11:55
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