Bare plural

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Bare plural refers to a plural noun phrase without an overt determiner.


Cats, or pretty girls with blond hair are bare plurals.


Bare plurals can have a generic interpretation (in (i)) or an existential interpretation (in (ii)):

  • (i) Cats are intelligent.
  • (ii) Cats ruined my garden.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


Carlson, G. 1977. Reference to kinds in English. Ph.D. diss., University of Amherst.