Thanks for your reply, Ambrose :)
On 20/03/2005, at 7:54 PM, Ambrose Li wrote:
>> Yes, I stumbled over this one as well, and it does vary, sometimes
>> wildly between languages. For Vietnamese, for example, it's
>>> "Plural-Forms: nplurals=3D1; plural=3D0\n"
>> since we have no plural forms in that sense.
> This depends on the actual strings, in addition to the language.
> For example, for Chinese, *theoretically* it should also be
> "Plural-Forms: nplurals=3D1; plural=3D0\n"
> since it is generally considered that we do not have plural forms.
> However, I had to revert it to
> "Plural-Forms: nplurals=3D2; plural=3Dn !=3D 1;\n"
> because there are plural strings in gaim that refer to, e.g.,
> "it" vs "they", and we do distinguish between "it" and "they".
> So, even though nouns do not have plural forms, we have to use
> plurals because pronouns have plural forms.
> So these things sometimes can get a bit tricky...
> I suspect that Vietnamese (or any language for that matter) would
> also distinguish between "it" and "they"; if that is the case you
> might also have to revert to nplurals=3D2 :-/
I understand what you're saying, and pronouns are in fact our biggest=20
growth industry. :D
But fortunately, we have a sneaky way of getting around the "it"/"they"=20=
situation, so so far, so good. Also, in general expressions like the=20
strings in computing programs, we try to avoid pronouns completely,=20
because it's not a personal situation, if that makes sense. We cover=20
the other bases and leave plurality largely to be deduced from added=20
from Clytie (vi-VN, team/nh=C3=B3m Gnome-vi)
Clytie Siddall--Renmark, in the Riverland of South Australia
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