mass noun


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a noun that does not form plurals

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The mass noun with an attributive function in the predicate nominal also always remains singular, and here there is no agreement in number, e.
In this respect Estonian differs from Finnish, where the partitive is obligatory with plural and mass nouns, e.
It cannot go with mass nouns that require special measure words (e.
One interesting exception is the treatment of abstract and mass nouns which in Present-Day English have no plural form and are considered indivisible.
A mass noun does not get pluralized when it refers to more than one unit, as shown in (5).
She refers to Verkuyl and others, who attempt to unify a semantics of aspect and mass noun vs.
In every one of the examples in (9), the Dutch plural noun has the profile of an undifferentiated mass noun.
It is controversial whether masses (what mass nouns refer to) exist.
The concrete non-count nouns, in turn, divide into mass nouns (e.
Table 23 summarizes the -atl-eh split: the former tend to be abstract, mass nouns belonging to the high register, whereas the latter words are, for the most part, concrete, count nouns belonging to the low register (p.
The pseudopartitive would allow embedded bare plurals and mass nouns that should be excluded from true partitives, and the elative case would be subject to the Partitive Constraint.
A possibility that comes to mind is the grammatical distinction between count and mass nouns.
See Levin (2001: 144) on the predominance of singular verbs for army, audience, faculty, and population: "Collectives comprising very large numbers of individuals approach mass nouns in that the constituent members are less likely to be highlighted.
Another semantic difference between -er nouns and -sel nouns is that the latter tend not to function as names for individual entities but as mass nouns, as names for certain kinds of stuff.
While nouns can be categorized as count nouns or mass nouns, verbal reference comprises states and actions, while the latter can be relic or atelic.