[Ads-l] "among the data"?

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sat Feb 7 18:12:37 UTC 2015


Joel S. Berson wrote:
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> Something in the following grates, but I'm not sure how to analyze or
> describe it:
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> " '...' said Swedish [CEO of Anthem], whose personal information was
> among the data accessed in the attack. "
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> An Associated Press item, AP writer Ricard Alonso-Zaldivar, on the
> NYTimes web site titled "Hackers Access Records for Millions of
> Anthem Customers."
>
> "Among" requires a genuine plural, and doesn't work with a mass noun?
>
> Joel
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Could one say, e.g., "among the Maasai"?

Jim Parish

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