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    #1

    unification of plurals

    This coming Saturdeay, I'm giving a presentation at an academic meeting here
    on this sentence structure:
    "a(n) + adjective + numeral + plural noun (+ verb)"
    e.g.
    1. A further twenty-three laborious years were to elapse....
    2. A massive 3,324 working days were lost because....
    3. A remarkable $5000 was paid by....
    4. A record-breaking 100 metres was reached.
    I'd be very happy if you could provide me with such
    sentences with different adjectives like stunning,
    unbelievable, respectable, miserable, busy, etc. etc.
    Thank you.

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    Re: unification of plurals

    From http://view.byu.edu:

    1 A TOP TEN HIT 5 0.05
    2 A FURTHER THREE WERE 4 0.04
    3 A TOP FIVE HIT 3 0.03
    4 A FURTHER 17 WERE 2 0.02
    5 A FURTHER 25 ARE 2 0.02
    6 A FURTHER 400 ARE 2 0.02
    7 A FURTHER 58 WILL 2 0.02
    8 A CLAIMED 1,703 SPECNFS 2 0.02
    9 A FURTHER FOUR SERVE 2 0.02
    10 A FURTHER SEVEN WERE 2 0.02
    11 A BLUE ONE COLOUR 1 0.01
    12 A FURTHER 550 WERE 1 0.01
    13 A FURTHER 55 WERE 1 0.01
    14 A FURTHER 500–2000 DISAPPEAR 1 0.01
    15 A FURTHER 500 EXPECTED 1 0.01
    16 A FURTHER 50 NEEDED 1 0.01
    17 A FURTHER 5,400 DISAPPEARED 1 0.01
    18 A FURTHER 5,000 INJURED 1 0.01
    19 A FURTHER 5,000 ATTENDING 1 0.01
    20 A FURTHER 47 HAD 1 0.01
    21 A FURTHER FOUR ARE 1 0.01
    22 A FURTHER FIVE WERE 1 0.01
    23 A FURTHER FIVE UNDERWENT 1 0.01
    24 A FURTHER FIVE HAVE 1 0.01
    25 A FURTHER FIVE HAD 1 0.01
    26 A FURTHER FIFTY HAD 1 0.01
    27 A FURTHER ELEVEN ARE 1 0.01
    28 A FURTHER EIGHT WERE 1 0.01
    29 A FURTHER EIGHT USING 1 0.01
    30 A FURTHER EIGHT HAD 1 0.01
    31 A FURTHER 91 HAD 1 0.01
    32 A FURTHER 900 FACED 1 0.01
    33 A FURTHER 900 COULD 1 0.01
    34 A FURTHER 900 ARE 1 0.01
    35 A FURTHER 87 THOUGHT 1 0.01
    36 A FURTHER 77 LOST 1 0.01
    37 A FURTHER 7,000 WERE 1 0.01
    38 A FURTHER 600 SERVED 1 0.01
    39 A FURTHER 60,000,000 WERE 1 0.01
    40 A FURTHER 60 CAN 1 0.01
    41 A FURTHER 40,000 HAVE 1 0.01
    42 A FURTHER 391 HELD 1 0.01
    43 A FURTHER 37 DETAINED 1 0.01
    44 A FURTHER 35 WENT 1 0.01
    45 A FURTHER 35 SAID 1 0.01
    46 A FURTHER 300 WOULD 1 0.01
    47 A FURTHER 300 SAID 1 0.01
    48 A FURTHER 300 HAVE 1 0.01
    49 A FURTHER 300 ARE 1 0.01
    50 A FURTHER 3,500 WERE 1 0.01
    51 A FURTHER 3 WOULD 1 0.01
    52 A FURTHER 286 WERE 1 0.01
    53 A FURTHER 270,000 WOULD 1 0.01
    54 A FURTHER 250 HAVE 1 0.01
    55 A FURTHER 25,000 ARE 1 0.01
    56 A FURTHER 240 HAD 1 0.01
    57 A FURTHER 23 WERE 1 0.01
    58 A FURTHER 23 THOUGHT 1 0.01
    59 A FURTHER 22 WOULD 1 0.01
    60 A FURTHER 22 ARRESTED 1 0.01
    61 A FURTHER 214,000 WAS 1 0.01
    62 A FURTHER 205,737 WERE 1 0.01
    63 A FURTHER 200 WERE 1 0.01
    64 A FURTHER 200 HUDDLED 1 0.01
    65 A FURTHER 20,000 DIED 1 0.01
    66 A FURTHER 20 WERE 1 0.01
    67 A FURTHER 2,500 WILL 1 0.01
    68 A FURTHER 2,500 ARE 1 0.01
    69 A FURTHER 2 WERE 1 0.01
    70 A FURTHER 190 HELD 1 0.01
    71 A FURTHER 16 REMAINED 1 0.01
    72 A FURTHER 159 HAVING 1 0.01
    73 A FURTHER 150 HAD 1 0.01
    74 A FURTHER 15 WOUNDED 1 0.01
    75 A FURTHER 140,000 WORK 1 0.01
    76 A FURTHER 131,000 DREW 1 0.01
    77 A FURTHER 13 ARE 1 0.01
    78 A FURTHER 120,000 WERE 1 0.01
    79 A FURTHER 120 WERE 1 0.01
    80 A FURTHER 12 ARE 1 0.01
    81 A FURTHER 11 WOULD 1 0.01
    82 A FURTHER 11 ARE 1 0.01
    83 A FURTHER 100 WERE 1 0.01
    84 A FURTHER 10 STATE 1 0.01
    85 A FURTHER 10 ARE 1 0.01
    86 A FURTHER 1,770,000 WERE 1 0.01
    87 A FURTHER 1,500 WOUNDED 1 0.01
    88 A FURTHER 1,000,000 WERE 1 0.01
    89 A FUNKY SEVENTIES FEEL 1 0.01
    90 A FULL TWO POINTS 1 0.01
    91 A FULL FIVE TURNS 1 0.01
    92 A FRUSTRATING TWO RUNS 1 0.01
    93 A FREE SEVEN INCH 1 0.01
    94 A FINE TWO HANDED 1 0.01
    95 A FAMOUS FIVE FAN 1 0.01
    96 A DUTCH DC-10 CRASHED 1 0.01
    97 A DUMB 3270 ATTACHED 1 0.01
    98 A DULL 1989 IS 1 0.01
    99 A DISTINCT 80S FEEL 1 0.01
    100 A DISMAL 1991 SPENT 1 0.01

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