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Re: QUESTION: types of plurals, few/many

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Monday, June 24, 2002, 14:44
Rob mentioned that:
>Examples of inherently singular nouns are like man, house, boat. >Examples of inherently plural nouns are: ants, leaves, cherries and raindrops. >To indicate that the noun is the opposite of its inherent nature, >the definite article 'o' (animate) or 'a' (inanimate) is replaced by thearticle) 'i'. >o tloko the man i tloko the men >a petlepe the raindrops i petlepe the raindrop
What about indefinite nouns? How would "a man" be differentiated from "someman" and how would "a raindrop" be differentiated from "some raindrops?" Eli
The name of 'e' and 'o' are wrong: they do not really mark definiteness. They used to, but know they just mark animate / inanimate. (So it is time to rename them! Thanks for noting this error) To make it more definite, a speaker can add an extra word and add it after the word: o tloko ey 'that man'. Rob <<<