Plurality

version 8 by Emily Short

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  • Section: Ambiguously plural

    We also create the term "ambiguously plural" to refer to items such as "pair of socks", "set of chessmen", "crew of pirates", etc., which the player might reasonably refer to as either "it" or "them". These items will then respond equally well to "it" or "them" in input.

    The default Inform way of finding out whether something has a plural name is to say
        
        if the noun is plural-named

    But if we also wish to test for things that are ambiguously plural, we have a new phrase

        if the noun acts plural

    which looks for both plural-named and ambiguously plural items.