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Re: [SLE] whoami
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 May 2003 22:34:06 +0200
  • Message-id: <200305172234.06101.andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Saturday 17 May 2003 22:06, Dylan wrote:
> On Saturday 17 May 2003 20:53, Sven Burmeister wrote:
> > I was going to take you serious, but the fact that you think a euro is
> > nothing but a european dollar, shows your horizon, don't take it
> > personal, this is now really going off topic.
> > Concerning your plural/singular rule, what about the word information?
> > Yeah, I see plural always has a -s to it! ;) This goes to Dylan too.
> > Think about it!
>
> Yes, information is an invariant mass noun, like data... you cannot sat "an
> information" in the way you can "a Euro", so your example is void.

How does this suddenly arouse so much feeling? The usage of English on this
list is enough to send the entire faculty of English language at Oxford to a
rest home. Why is the plural form of an invented word so important?

And Sven is right by the way, the official form is "one euro, many euro", but
the rules of English have nothing to do with it. It is a decree.

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