The plural of "moose" is ...

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Sat Aug 21 14:03:27 UTC 2010

The absence of the plural marker after adjectives of measure is a well-known feature  of colloquial speech.  "I bought six duck" etc.
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From: Joel S. Berson
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At 8/19/2010 10:58 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>"Hunting ducks in": about 218,000 estimated hits
>"Hunting duck in":  50 actual hits
>(a good number are irrelevant, of course, but Charlie's contrast
>comes out pretty clearly)

In contexts other than hunting (and/or ducks), does one often/rarely
find a plural without the plural form, as for the word "fish"?  (I
suspect this is virtually impossible to search for via Google.)


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