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Question: What is the difference between "bresychen" and "bresych"

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The dictionary says that "bresychen" is singular form. I wonder why

2 years ago

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Lundgren8
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Welsh has a parallel system to singular/plural called the collective/singulative. For things that usually occur in groups, like many fruits and animals, you have one word to mean the thing as a collective, and then a word meaning a single specimen from that group. So bresych means cabbages in general or as a group, and bresychen is one single cabbage. Clêr is flies because they often swarm in a group, and cleren is one fly. Mefus is strawberries and mefusen is one strawberry.

2 years ago

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Oh It's little bit difficult....anyway thanks. From now I have to pay attention to it

2 years ago

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It will probably be introduced later on. Arabic has a similar system. You can read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singulative_number

2 years ago