Larry Wall wrote:
> Any other cute ideas?
If you have '\s', you'll also want '\S':
"$n cat\s fight\S" # 1 cat fights; 2 cats fight
I'm not fond of the 'ox\soxen' idea; but I could get behind something
like '\s<ox oxen>' or 'ox\s<en>'.
'\s<a b>' would mean 'a is singular; b is plural'
'\s<a>' would be short for '\s< a>'
'\s' would be short for '\s< s>'
\S<a b>' would reverse this.
Sometimes, you won't want the pluralization variable in the string
itself, or you won't know which one to use. You could use an adverb
:s<$n>"the cat\s \s<is are> fighting."
and/or find a way to tag a variable in the string:
"$owner's \s=$count cat\s"
'\s=$count' means "set plurality based on $count, and display $count normally."
Jonathan "Dataweaver" Lang