Plurals in Khmer

Asked by Roger Sperberg on 2007-06-12

Um, this is an answer, not a question.

In Khmer, nouns do not have different singular or plural forms (similar to "fish" or "sheep" in English). So there's nothing that needs to be done to make a noun plural. There's only one form of the noun.

Just as I say "one fish, two fish" in English, you would say "one [anything], two [anything]" in Khmer [or muəy trəy, pii trəy for មួយ​ត្រី ពីរត្រី ].

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Well, it's a request to add such plural form information ;-)

I just added it.

Thank you.

Roger Sperberg (rsperberg) said : #2

Thanks Carlos Perelló Marín, that solved my question.

Roger Sperberg (rsperberg) said : #3

Well, it might seem like a small thing to you to add that note, but now I
have a clearer picture of your process. Thanks for explaining that.


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Roger Sperberg (rsperberg) said : #4

Not sure if this has been set up properly or not.

The word "byte" has been translated in XML Copy Editor into Khmer. Here's where the message (219) is:

Both "byte" and "bytes" translate to the same word, since Khmer doesn't have plural forms.

However Launchpad asks for two entries, "English singular: byte" and "English plural: bytes" (referred to as Current Khmer [0] and [1]).

it's easy enough to enter the same translation into both fields.

But shouldn't the rules process know that the single word in Khmer for byte translates properly both to English singular: byte" and "English plural: bytes" ?


Roger Sperberg

Hmm, I think the problem is that I misunderstood you...

I understood you said it's like English and I set it that way. Just to confirm it this time. Khmer doesn't have any kind of plural form ever, is it always singular? no matter the kind of word it will be always a single form.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #6

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Christian Reis (kiko) said : #7

Still pending information.

Christian Reis (kiko) said : #8

But yes, Carlos, Roger is saying it is always singular. A reference on that:
Some notable features of the Khmer language are the lack of verb conjugations, gender inflections, different endings for single and plural and no different endings for masculine and feminine. With neither complicated verb tenses nor singular and plural forms to memorise, Khmer grammar can be absorbed relatively painlessly.

I believe it's like Japanese in this sense, right?

Sounds like that. Yes.

Anyway, I did that change already, just wanted to validate it.

Roger Sperberg (rsperberg) said : #10

Just to confirm -- there is only one form for the noun (and the verb, as it happens).

The same form applies whether you are indicating one of the thing or many of it (like 'one fish,' 'two fish'). I don't know about Japanese, but the description is accurate -- there is no special ending added to indicate plural quantity.


Roger Sperberg (rsperberg) said : #11

Thanks Carlos Perelló Marín, that solved my question.

Roger Sperberg (rsperberg) said : #12



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