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Re: Nouns for things that occur in pairs

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Sunday, May 25, 2008, 18:53
I thought that Arabic could treat plurals as a feminine singular in
general? And that it also had a dual number?

These pairs have nothing to do with the dual.  And, no, plurals
in general are not feminine singular:

waalida saGiira "short mother"
waalidaat saGiiraat "short mothers" (note agreement)

I should say *animate* plurals are not; inanimate plurals are.

The distinction is a relatively minor one: body parts that come
in pairs are always feminine, and those that come in ones are
always masculine.

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison