Plural number


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(Gram.) the number which designates more than one. See Number, n., 8.

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References in classic literature ?
By a like pleasant fiction his single chamber was always mentioned in a plural number.
Not the less does nature continue to fill the heart of youth with suggestions of this enthusiasm, and there are now men,--if indeed I can speak in the plural number,--more exactly, I will say, I have just been conversing with one man, to whom no weight of adverse experience will make it for a moment appear impossible that thousands of human beings might exercise towards each other the grandest and simplest sentiments, as well as a knot of friends, or a pair of lovers.
The plural number caused the captain to toss me a contemptuous look.
Miss Slowboy, in the mean time, who had a mechanical power of reproducing scraps of current conversation for the delectation of the baby, with all the sense struck out of them, and all the nouns changed into the plural number, inquired aloud of that young creature, Was it Gruffs and Tackletons the toymakers then, and Would it call at Pastry-cooks for wedding-cakes, and Did its mothers know the boxes when its fathers brought them homes; and so on.
Many instances of plural number marking in Old English disyllabic neuter a-stem nouns appear uncertain.
Accounts of plural allomorphy in Old English disyllabic neuter a-stems reveal that plural number marking in these nouns was complex and problematic, measurably more so than it was in Old English nouns of some other paradigms.
The announcement did not name the people arrested or even say how many were arrested, just that it was a plural number.
4 The answers to the following questions can be found amongst the 31 UK Shipping Area names as broadcast on BBC Radio 4 (occasionally the names will apply to more than one category): i) 5 rivers, ii) 5 first and/or second names, iii) a type of pullover, iv) a famous C19th sea battle, v) a plural number, vi) a type of common cement, vii) are prefixed by compass points (3), viii) an aggressive Scandinavian warrior, ix) an expensive flatfish (two words) & x) an archaic English word meaning man or person.
Grammatical features of nouns, words that name, and the use of 's' to create plural number are subtly conveyed.
If it was allowed, he asked, "is the prayer for the blessing of the ring, as found in the Ritual, said in the plural number, and do groom and bride successively place a blessed ring each on the finger of the other, saying the accustomed words, 'With this ring, etc.
Using an apostrophe to indicate a plural number (1990's, men in their 70's).
This is so, because the syntactic features of a small-clause subject are indeed checked and manifested on the main verb; for example, the plural number feature (realized as -s) of diamonds in (10a) is clearly reflected on the main verb are (as opposed to is).