Re: Usage "types of car"

Subject: Re: Usage "types of car"
From: Lindsey Durway <LDurway -at- PAV -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 17:45:43 -0500

That's what I was thinking: as a generic class of thingies (oops, thingie),
it should be singular. I apply the same rule to indexing: I index the
singular rather than plural.

Also a type of guy,

> -----Original Message-----
> Would those in the "types of cars" camp also say "type of cars" if there
> were only one type?
> e.g.: "There is only one good type of cars on the market today."
> If you don't agree with that usage, then there is no argument for
> putting car in the plural, when clearly it is the number of types with
> which we are concerned.
> "of car" is a genitive construction which explains to what class of
> thing the "type" belongs (or refers). You would only put the object in
> the plural if a plural were called for conceptually. We could have a
> hill of beans (because you can't have a hill with only one bean in it),
> for example, but the hill would still consist of one, or possibly many
> types of bean. The very notion of a type precludes plurality--that's why
> we divided the objects into types, presumably to make a distinction. So
> say I. But hey, I'm just that type of guys.
> Chris Kowalchuk
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