Some articles on class, singular:
... The category of nominal class replaces not only the category of gender, but also the categories of number and case ... approach notice that his numbering system of nominal classes counts singular and plural numbers of the same noun as belonging to separate classes ... If one follows broader linguistic tradition and counts singular and plural as belonging to the same class, then Swahili has 8 or 9 noun classes, Sotho has 11 and Ganda has 10 ...
... (but unspecified or unknown) quantity of the noun, but not when a bare noun refers to a class in general ... (presumably) means "some specific men arrived today" rather than "men, as a general class, arrived today" (which would mean that there were no men before today) ... men" does mean "I hate men, as a general class" rather than "I hate some specific men" ...
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