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a noun that does not form plurals

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The following examples show the category of plexity encoded in a base plural noun and in a mass noun.
The mass noun with an attributive function in the predicate nominal also always remains singular, and here there is no agreement in number, e.
The reason for selecting these language groups is because each language is typologically very different: Spanish has definite and indefinite articles, and uses the definite article for plural and mass nouns in subject and object positions; Turkish only has an indefinite article; Japanese has no articles.
neuter pronouns are traditionally only employed for mass nouns, while count nouns trigger masculine forms' (Wagner 2003, abstract: 1).
The tendency, in other words, is for eall to be used with count and mass nouns and for aelc and aeghwilc to be used with count nouns.
For example, the NounMassNoun-Constraint says that any noun whose associated concept is an instance of TangibleStuffType will be a mass noun.
If the subject-NP is a mass noun or a count noun in the plural, quantitative indefiniteness may be marked by the partitive.
When it is a count noun, such as thing and ball, it can be referred to with him, en and em in western and southwestern English dialects, when the referent is a mass noun like broth this possi bility is quite restricted, almost non-existent.
Note that the sentence is ungramatical when guerra 'war' combines with the singular quantifier mucho 'much', which forces a mass noun reading.
There exist things, and there exists stuff, where roughly, "thing" is a count noun, and "stuff' is a mass noun.
Chierchia (1998: 353-354) also based on the premise of transnumerality to propose that all nouns in Chinese are mass nouns so that a numeral cannot be combined with a noun because a classifier is necessary to individuate the mass noun to an appropriate counting level.
In this case the distinction is to some extent based on semantic grounds: a big cake which can be divided into portions functions as a mass noun, whereas a small cake -- an indivisible unit -- functions as a countable noun.
It is known that when a mass noun denotes more than one kind, it gets pluralized.
So, the property of boundedness, which is a property of roots according to Harley, determines both the property mass noun or count noun (in case the root shows up as a noun) and the telicity (in case the root shows up as a verb), lending support to the idea that the same roots underlie both verbs and nouns.
She refers to Verkuyl and others, who attempt to unify a semantics of aspect and mass noun vs.