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
>>>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'.