Dennis R. Preston
preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Jul 20 19:30:46 UTC 1999
I'm with Arnold on this one. Mass noun it has always been for me (hence,
singular-appearing in agreement).
dInIs (proud to be with the srtandard-bearers for once)
>barbara need asks when DEBRIS became singular. i've used
>it all my life as a mass noun, hence as singular in its
>agreement pattern. and i don't recall ever having heard/seen
>it used as a plural count noun; LOTS OF DEBRIS WERE SCATTERED
>ON THE BEACH makes me break out all over in asterisks, in fact.
>arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu, in urbana, illinois,
> for another week)
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