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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    5jj, please, don't get mad, buddy. Just prove it!
    There is absolutely nothing to prove. One can only disprove something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    5jj, please, don't get mad, buddy. Just prove it!
    I am neither mad nor your buddy.

    What am I supposed to prove?

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    #63

    Re: Uncountable nouns

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    I am neither mad nor your buddy.

    What am I supposed to prove?
    Prove that "passenger" is not an absolutely countable noun.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

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    Prove that "passenger" is not an absolutely countable noun.
    I have no need to.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    There is absolutely nothing to prove. One can only disprove something.
    Could we stop this discussion on proving negatives and things like that? I find it unproductive, especially given the way it's being done.

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    I feel the same way. It's getting late over here. Time to get some rest. Good night!

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    #67

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Could we stop this discussion on proving negatives and things like that? I find it unproductive, especially given the way it's being done.
    I agree. I was tempted to close the thread, but as I am a participant that could be interpreted (rightly, I feel) as an abuse of power. So, it stays open.

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    #68

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Could we stop this discussion on proving negatives and things like that? I find it unproductive, especially given the way it's being done.
    Fine. Our hypothesis is that "passenger" is countable. Let's try to disprove it.

    The only thing that comes to mind is, 'I eat passengers for breakfast.' I'm too tired to think of anything else, or to determine whether this usage of "passengers" is uncountable.

    Or something analogous to, 'I like dog/chicken.'

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    #69

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    I agree. I was tempted to close the thread, but as I am a participant that could be interpreted (rightly, I feel) as an abuse of power. So, it stays open.
    Thanks. I would still like to try to find some relevant examples that could convince Bennevis.

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    Re: Uncountable nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Fine. Our hypothesis is that "passenger" is countable. Let's try to disprove it.

    The only thing that comes to mind is, 'I eat passengers for breakfast.' I'm too tired to think of anything else, or to determine whether this usage of "passengers" is uncountable.
    'Passengers' is plural, so it's clearly countable.

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