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USAGE: THEORY/USAGE: irregular English plurals (was: RE:

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 22:02
And Rosta scripsit:

> As you probably realized after sending that message, analysing these > putative bare plurals as mass singulars runs into difficulties with > "The lion are scarce today", etc.
Ungrammatical for me.
> You cannot even resort to treating them as analogous to collectives > like "The team have been playing well", because whereas "team" is > singular but triggering plural agreement
Not for Merkins: "The team has been playing well" is the only thing that works. Fowler wanted us to say "The jury is agreed" but "The jury are disagreed", but I think no one follows him in this.
> "These lion were tracked down yesterday".
I still can't swallow it. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_


And Rosta <a-rosta@...>