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die See (f) has actually two meanings, one of them has a plural, the other doesn't: Meer (as an abstract concept, singular only) like in zur See fahren, in See stechen,... Woge (swell) as a concrete thing and limited to nautical language, can have plural, like in schwere Seen brachen auf das Deck, der Kutter konnte sich kaum ├╝ber Wasser halten Your example ...


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Die See denominates the abstract concept sea instead of a specific sea (except, of course, proper names like Nord- and Ostsee). The concept is basically the entirety of the seas. You have a lot of idioms like raue See, auf hoher See, in See stechen and so on, but you can not really say Ich bade gerne in der See or Ich gehe auf der See segeln (note: der See = ...


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