ENGLISH USAGE

 

  • fish OR fishes?

Incorrect: Some customers like to smell the fishes to make sure that they are fresh.

Correct: Some customers like to smell the fish to make sure that they are fresh.

The plural of fish is usually fish: ‘a fish’, ‘three fish’. Fishes occur mostly in children’s literature. 

 

  • raise OR raise up?

Incorrect: The government wishes to raise up the standard of health. 

Correct: The government wishes to raise the standard of health. 

Adding up after raise is redundant.