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    Re: Nouns

    Just to give you guys a few references for null plurals in elephant and lion. This is quite a common form for all game animals. I have only listed a few examples here.

    Hunting the Elephant in Africa, and Other Recollections of Thirteenyears' Wanderings: and other... - Page 52
    by C. H. (Chauncy Hugh) Stigand - 1913
    "Two days later, while waiting for the canoe to be brought down, I followed a herd of elephant, and they took me past the spot at which the last elephant had ..."

    Teaching and Hunting in East Africa - Page 67
    by Dan McNickle - Biography & Autobiography - 2004
    "Hunters pay attention to the wind. Hunters do not wade into a bog upwind of a herd of Elephant. The local..."

    Elephant Protection Act of 1979 and the International Wildlife Resources Conservation Act of... - Page 73
    by United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Environment and Public Works. Subcommittee on Resource Protection - 1980
    "... The elephant is of vital economic importance to the country whether from management programs or from safari hunting, and it is this fact ..."- Clearly not talking about one elephant. Oddly it uses the singular 'is' rather than 'are.' Maybe the US Senate need more time in school.

    Heart Shots: Women Write about Hunting - Page 191
    by Mary Zeiss (EDT) Stange - Sports & Recreation - 2003
    "I think I am the first person ever to scout elephant by plane, ... The reaction of a herd of elephant to my Avian was, in the initial instance, always ..."

    A Novice on the Nile - Big Game Hunting in the Sudan - Page 20
    by Frank Weber - 2005
    "... our elephant experiences of 19th, for steaming up river through the sudd ... herd of elephant on the left bank ..."

    H.R. 1006 and H.R. 1472: Legislative Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation,... - Page 57
    by Wildlife, and Oceans United States. Congress. House. Committee on Resources. Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation - 2003
    "... just due to encroaching civilization, sports hunting, and, of course, ... and a pride of lion moved in and it grew to be the largest pride in all of ..."

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    Re: Nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If I saw that I would probably assume it meant a non-sepecific lion.
    No, the context was clear. I can't remember it verbatim, but it was something like "We killed some lion yesterday. Their heads will look good on the wall"

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