Singulative
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Singulative

English

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Etymology

From French singulatif, from Latin singillatim ("singly", "one by one"), from singulus ("single", "separate"), from Proto-Italic *sem-g-lo-, a diminutive form derived from Proto-Indo-European *sem- ("one, together").

Adjective

singulative (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Of or pertaining to a grammatical form or construction that expresses the individuation of a single referent from a mass noun.
    English doesn't have a singulative number in general, but many uncountable nouns have usual singulative constructions.

Noun

singulative (plural singulatives)

  1. (grammar) A singulative form or construction.
    The singulative of "cattle" is "a head of cattle".
    The singulative of "scissors" is "a pair of scissors".

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