1 Fish, 2 Fish (or is it 1 Fish, 2 Fishes?).

By Laura Schocker
March 15, 2016

At first it seems like a simple rule of English: When you have more than one of something, add an s. One apple. Two apples. In fact, language can be a whole lot more complicated. Two deer. Three teeth. Four mice.

“English is an organic language—it grows naturally by people using it,” says Kory Stamper, an associate editor for Merriam-Webster dictionaries. And as the language develops, irregularities are bound to crop up. “Sometimes there’s logic behind it and sometimes there’s not,” she says.

Some plural forms we just know. But others are trickier (Is it octopuses? Or octopi?). Here, a simplified guide to some of the most confusing plurals.

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