Re: AW: Nomenclature
> New Idea: I personally like it like "the Borg", though this implicates
> plural use as "the hurd are a set of servers emulating whatever". Ok, I
> like Star Treck ... ;-)
Your English is wrong:
If hurd is singular, one says:
the hurd is a set of servers
^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^
agreement prepositional phrase
``a set'' is singular: it is a collective noun. Here, the noun (hurd),
the verb (is) and the predicate noun (a set) all agree.
Does ``The car are a set of servers'' make sense? No.
If plural, one says:
the hurd are servers
Again, the three agree.
Does ``The cars are servers'' make sense? Yes.
``hurd'' is correctly used as a singular noun.
hurd => hird of unix replacing daemons
=> hird (we ignore the prepositional phrase)
=> hurd of interfaces representing depth
=> hurd (again ignore the prepositional phrase)
Thus, hurd reduces to itself. It is used in a collective sense
(i.e. interfaces representing depth). Thus, it must be a collective
noun and therefore singular.
Neal H Walfield
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
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