fish/ fishes

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  1. s21d Senior Member

    hindi
    "I don't eat all types of fish/ fishes. I eat selective few."

    Kindly tell me whether 'fish/fishes' fits in the above sentence. The speaker intends to mean that he doesn't like all varieties of fish and eats only selective variety.
     
  2. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    For the first sentence, you want the word "fish". The problem, though, is the second sentence; "I eat selective few" does not remotely sound like natural, grammatical English. You might try "I only eat a few kinds."
     
  3. s21d Senior Member

    hindi
    GreenWhiteBlue Could you please tell me where to use 'selective few' or 'select few'?
     
  4. GreenWhiteBlue

    GreenWhiteBlue Senior Member

    The City of New York
    USA - English
    I can't think of any circumstances where you would use the odd phrase "selective few" -- but the question is really outside the scope of this thread.
     
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    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
  6. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    California
    English - US
    Please see the previous threads on fish/fishes, if you still have questions about that.

    As to the question about select and selective, please see the definitions. Notice that 'selective' refers to the person or thing doing the choosing, while 'select' in this use refers to the things chosen. IF you still have question about this, you are welcome to start a new thread to ask it. :)

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    Cagey,
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