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Re: spelling/grammar error in european.el

From: Frederik Fouvry
Subject: Re: spelling/grammar error in european.el
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 17:21:17 +0100 (MET)

| Please look at it again.  I think you are mislead by "aantal" which is
| singular.  However, "aantal" is not used as a noun here.  The subject
| of the sentence is "manieren" which is plural.  So the right form of
| the verb should be "zijn" (plural) and not "is" (singular).  Agreed?

I'm afraid that's a wrong analysis.  "aantal" is the subject, not
"manieren".  The latter is a complement of "aantal".  The
ambiguity is that "aantal" is semantically plural, syntactically
singular however, hence both forms are possible, depending on
what the stress is in the sentence.  Between native speakers,
there may be disagreement on what is the best form (for instance
;-).  From what I have found in a quick web search, the support
for your proposal is the weakest (see e.g.
http://www.onzetaal.nl/renkema/tuin.html).  I don't have the ANS
handy here, but I bet you'll find the same there.

If you reply to this, I propose to take it off line from the bugs


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