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What is number?



Number is a grammatical category of nouns, pronouns, and verb agreement that expresses count distinctions (such as "one" or "more than one").


The count distinctions typically, but not always, correspond to the actual count of the referents of the marked noun or pronoun.

Example (English)
  • In the word girls, plural number is marked by the suffix -s.
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of numbers:
      A number is a kind of

    Crystal 1980 245


    Hartmann and Stork 1972 155


    Mish 1991 811

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