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And a cat has only nine lives - GrammarGasm


wolflahti
May. 10th, 2010 06:24 pm And a cat has only nine lives7 comments - Leave a commentPrevious Entry Share Next Entry

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From:spastigirl
Date:May 21st, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
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The awkward thing is, what the hell should you say to convey the desired idea? "A single wolf has been seen to kill moose (mass noun)" Clearly not. "A single wolf has been known to kill eleven single moose" sounds equally ridiculous.
From:wolflahti
Date:May 21st, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Especially when there's no reliable way to know whether the moose in question were actually married.

I think this would work: "One wolf is known to have killed eleven moose by itself."