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Hello, Sugar Please:
I look forward to someone giving us an answer from a modern book.
I found some fascinating information from a masterpiece * written in the early 1930s. To the best of my knowledge, this information is still valid.
The scholar says that "[In] the case of gregarious animals [animals that live in flocks] ... the plurals without -s are still common, even increasing." [Remember: this was written in the early 1930s.]
The scholar says that "The singular form is widely employed by hunters of game as a plural." He then gives many examples. Here are just two:
"I shot two elk and some antelope." (written by President Theodore Roosevelt)
""There was plenty of lion about this camp, but few buffalo." (Mary Hastings Bradley)
The scholar reminds us, however, that in "[I]n older English, the idea of separate individuals was still firm in a number of cases. For example, "We ate the carps." (Jonathan Swift, the famous writer. He died in 1745.)
Writing in the early 1930s, the scholar said: "Usage here is very capricious." [My translation: No one can predict which form an author will choose.]
Credit for this information goes to Professor George Oliver Curme in his two-volume masterpiece A Grammar of the English Language, originally published by D.C. Heath and Company.
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