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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.