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    to be of the counting nature

    Hey everyone,

    I just came across the following phrase in an episode of "Dragonballs":

    "Anyone who is of the counting nature should see that there are ten of them."

    Well, it's pretty self-explanatory, but Google doesn't produce any hits so I wanted to ask what the native speakers here think of this expression. Is it odd or could you actually picture yourselves using it?

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    Re: to be of the counting nature

    As you say, it's immediately understandable, but not something I would ever say.

    A musical nature, a mathematical nature, a poetic nature, but not a counting nature.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: to be of the counting nature

    Means:

    "Anyone who can count should see that there are ten of them."

    Consider the source - Dragonballs

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    Re: to be of the counting nature

    I know what it means. I'm more interested in how odd this sounds to a native speaker of American English.
    Now that Barb has said she would never use it I'm wondering how it sounds like in a native speaker's head. Since even Google doesn't list this phrase in the above context I'm tempted to say that this sentence is wrong. However, the people charged with the whole dubbing process were Americans and I wonder why they would say something like that at all, instead of using something a little up-to-date.

    Here's the clip: YouTube - Dragon Ball Episode 20 - Elimination Round[Pt1/2]
    The said line is at 1:05

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    Re: to be of the counting nature

    It doesn't mean it's wrong at all. It's just not a common collocation.

    I could say something like "Anyone with the sense God gave a plank of wood should be able to figure that out!" to mean "anyone who has any sense at all = any human being." It's not common. I doubt you'll find a Google hit on it using "a plank of wood" that way.

    But you'd know immediately that I meant "You're an idiot if you didn't figure that out yourself!"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: to be of the counting nature

    Ah, now I see what you mean.

    Thanks.

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