the fishes of the Yangtze River or the fishes in the Yangtze River

Discussion in 'English Only' started by zhshy, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. zhshy Senior Member

    Mandarin
    Dear all,

    When I want to refer to the species of fishes living in the Yangtze River, which one do you think is better, the fishes of the Yangtze River or the fishes in the Yangtze River?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    'Fishes of' sounds better, as meaning those that are typically or naturally there. 'Fishes in' sounds like the ones that are there now - perhaps a count or survey has just been done.
     
  3. zhshy Senior Member

    Mandarin
    I see. Thank you, entangledbank!
     

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