The plural of "moose" is ...

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Tue Aug 31 14:25:51 UTC 2010

Not to mention that it is hard to imagine a contxt in which one would say, "I spent years teaching kid but now I teach adult."
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From: Laurence Horn
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At 1:00 PM +0100 8/31/10, Chris Waigl wrote:
>I think it is usually a safe bet to think that any English noun can
>be used as a count AND mass noun, even if it's sometimes a stretch.
>Also, teaching kids (first, second or foreign language speakers)
>that being a mass or count noun is somehow inherent in the noun
>doesn't help them at all in the long run.
Maybe not, but it might still help them to know that "a spaghetti"
(or "a spaghetto") raises more eyebrows than "a noodle".


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