Plural..

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  1. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Ok, some friends and I were discussing this at work today (Yeah, we were that busy ;p) weather or not the value of 1.5 is plural.

    I don't remember what the objects were as the initial example, but for the sake of this thread, we'll have one and a half cookies. Now is that plural?

    My argument was that plural is a value of objects greater than one, and 1.5 > 1.
    However, others seemed to think that plural was the value of 2.

    So no one could agree. What do you think? :)
     
  2. PseudoKiller

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    no... 1.5 is not plural. By definition plural Indicates more than one of a noun. Pronouns can also be plural.
     
  3. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    It depends on the context. Like you cant have 1.5 people, so the answer would be no in that case, but if your talking about pies, or cakes, then yes, you can have 1.5 cakes and pies. So the answer then would be yes.

    Arrrghhh.. why you make me think so hard about this :( :p
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    more than one. 1.5 is more than one.
     
  5. PseudoKiller

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    yes but its the cakes pies or people who are plural... not the 1.5
     
  6. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    one and one half...sounds like two things...
     
  7. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    it's easy to solve the question

    all you need to do is examine the grammar of it

    1.5 cookIES

    one cookie...cookies is plural

    1.5 PEOPLE

    one person...people is plural

    the grammar of the question solves the question
     
  8. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 I Like Cheese

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    LOL This is the best thing you guys could find to talk about?
    NERD :D
     
  9. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    this is not a good thing?
     
  10. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    no cookies for you dubbin :mad:
     
  11. Dubbin1

    Dubbin1 I Like Cheese

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    LeeJend Moderator

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    Wow, I'm impressed it was only 7 posts this time until someone with a knowledge of English grammer posted a correct answer.

    It's really surprising what a small percentage of NTFS posters have English as a first language. I guess we really do live in a global economy. :)
     
  13. dreamliner77

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    PK is right about this.
     
  14. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    yup




    *gets cookie tin out*
     
  15. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    not meaning to creep or anything, but he (PK) is indeed correct IMHO.
     
  16. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Where's madmatt to come get cookies...
     
  17. sean.ferguson

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    i'd say its plural
     
  18. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    I vote not plural

    as a purist non-pluralist I believe this has to be in integers - so I would actually also say 2.5 was not plural too.... I think I am adding to this meaningless and trivial debate - as for the cookies - I only accept them in integer variations too - and preferably not plural cookies, IE I prefer cookie to cookies?
     
  19. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Mainframeguy.. do you ever make sense?
     
  20. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Mainframe-

    Pass that doobie this way :)