Re: Singular and plural objs (fwd)

From: Mr. Wizard (
Date: 09/04/94

On Sun, 4 Sep 1994, Jeff Teker Fink wrote:

> Furry <3RAF7@QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA> writes:
> > 
> > I noticed that when you have an object with a plural sdesc (ie
> > 'some marbles'), you still get all the msgs as if it were singular.
> > 
> > I had thought of creating a new obj flag for this (ie PLURAL_OBJ or
> > something silly like that), but this would be a tedious way of doing
> > things due to the work involved in adding it in to all the plural objs,
> > also it would make areas incompatible with other ones...thus I was
> > wondering if anyone else had come to face this problem, and if not,
> > if anyone has any ideas for solutions to it. (:
> I think the solution is to find a better way to say "some marbles."
> You could change it to something like "a bunch of marbles" in which case
> it becomes a singular "bunch" of marbles.
> -Jeff

Making everything singular as Jeff suggests is the easiest thing I can 
think of.  I was always under the impression that the 'do not use' action 
description of objects could be used to make things plural (or whateever 
text you want) when you drop, get, junk, donate, etc..  This would 
require a bit of recoding, but shouldn't be too hard.  Basically if the 
action description isn't set, then you would default to what it does now, 
otherwise you would use the action description.  This might be a more 
desired solution. 
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