From: Chris Cannam <cannam@al...> - 2010-05-24 08:29:33
On Mon, May 24, 2010 at 12:02 AM, D. Michael McIntyre
> On Sunday, May 23, 2010, Chris Cannam wrote:
>> There's no plural problem if the string has no "argument" number
>> associated with it. If you translate "No segments will be split" into
>> any other language, the result will be a single string.
> That's true, but I was thinking at this from the perspective of someone
> needing to translate this English phrase into a language that has complex
> number forms. What number would I choose? It just seems cleaner to use the
> singular here, so people don't have to ponder this question.
But I think you still have the same problem with the singular, because
you're relying on the fact that in English it happens to be possible
to use the singular here and that's not necessarily the case in
another language. The question is whether zero segments is singular
or plural, and in this context in English the answer happens to be
"either". To translate it, you still have to consider that question.
(I'm just rambling mildly here -- I don't actually mind which text goes in!)