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Posted on: Who's Been Spending My Money?
January 28, 2015, 06:37 PM

I'm also a linguist (or at least a linguistics Ph.D. candidate). I probably would have lost track of the terminology too if I didn't teach an English grammar course for ESL teachers, so no worries!

Posted on: Who's Been Spending My Money?
January 26, 2015, 07:49 PM

newtonvsleibnitz, I was just responding to mbettinson who referred to them as mass nouns. As you point out, mass nouns have nothing to do with this conversation, really. For the record, however, in English, mass nouns can't be pluralized - that's a diagnostic for them. Many mass nouns *can* be forced into being count nouns, often with an interpretation referring to different kinds, as in "Evian and Perrier are my two favorite waters," where "water" appears exceptionally as a count noun.

Referring to your more recent post, I think some Chinese measure words can be modified, as in 一大笔钱 or 两小瓶水。(I think these are both grammatical, but I encourage native speakers to correct me if I'm wrong!) Of course you can't do this with pure classifiers like 个,条,本,etc.

Posted on: Who's Been Spending My Money?
January 25, 2015, 11:07 PM

"Actually, those are mass nouns."

Hm, neither "flock" (which can be pluralized: three flocks of sheep) nor "sheep" (which is in fact plural in this context) are mass nouns.

I think words like "flock" and "herd" really are similar in function to Chinese classifiers (also see "head of cattle"), though syntactically they are just nouns that take a PP complement indicating the thing to be quantified.

Posted on: What are your Holiday Plans?
November 26, 2014, 05:20 PM

这个课程一直再我的仪表板上。It's been on my dashboard since it was published.

Posted on: Buying Organic Food
October 14, 2014, 10:26 PM

From what I have read, it seems like the anti-GMO movement is just about as legitimate as the anti-vaccination movement or young-earth creationists.

Posted on: Young Love in China
October 08, 2014, 06:20 PM

我认为思凯爸爸真是心平气和。陈老师对他非常不礼貌。我是思凯爸爸的话,我就告诉陈老师去管自己的事。她打岔我的时候,我就告诉她to go fuck herself. (那个部分呢,中文怎么说? :))

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Posted on: 以房养老
March 11, 2014, 03:42 PM

在美国也有,叫做“reverse mortgages”(反向抵押)。Fred Thompson弗雷德·汤普森,前任美国参议员并演员,是反向抵押公司的发言人。看来反向抵押本来是里根总统的政策。