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What is plural number?

 

Definition
 

Plural number is number that expresses reference to a quantity greater than that expressed by the largest specific number category in a language, such as "more than one" in English, and "more than two" in some other languages.

Example (English)
 

Here is an example of plural number:

 
  • The suffix -s expresses plural number, as in the word beggars.
  • Generic
      A plural number is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 245

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 178

     

    Crystal 1987 428

     

    Mish 1991 906


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