Count usage for software

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Mon Jul 2 09:07:49 UTC 2001

It's interesting that the inquiry came from someone working in Japan. My
first reaction to the quoted example was that it must have been written in
Japan or Taiwan by a non-native speaker. English articles are notoriously
difficult for speakers of East Asian languages, and the count/mass
distinction does not map smoothly onto those languages.


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