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|ID||Category||Severity||Reproducibility||Date Submitted||Last Update|
|0005054||[DCSS] Bug Report||minor||have not tried||2011-12-14 22:56||2014-08-14 08:44|
|Status||resolved||Product Branch||0.10 ancient branch|
|Summary||0005054: Maras are frozen.|
The heat is drained from your surroundings.
You resist. You feel very cold. Maras are frozen. Mara resists. Mara resists.
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What's wrong here?
While there are no instances of one being in multiple persons in RL (Christian god... but not that R either), you can have people by the same name. The grammar there would be "Joes are frozen.". So everything seems to be alright to me.
|Actually it would make more sense in that case to say "Mara is frozen. Mara is frozen." - it both sounds better and is consistent with the resistance message. It sounds very weird to pluralize a name as it does now - if you pluralize a name without an article, it sounds like you're making a general statement about people with the name (e.g. "There are a lot of Johns in Arizona.") Another possible way to do it would be to say "The Maras are frozen." - still sounds a little odd, but much better than "Maras are frozen."|
While proper nouns can be pluralized without a leading "the", ion_frigate is correct that this generalizes the noun: it speaks about all Maras (or Johns). Adding "the" narrows the statement to a specific group at hand, just as it does for pluralized common nouns. See the first few examples in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_%28grammar%29 [^]
I like "The Maras are frozen" much better than just "Maras are frozen", but I'd like to point out that the practice of compacting repeat messages (for monsters with or without names) does reduce the amount of information available to the player. Perhaps "Two Maras are frozen" would be better.
|Fixed in 00d6247.|
|2011-12-14 22:56||elliptic||New Issue|
|2011-12-15 13:50||KiloByte||Note Added: 0016254|
|2011-12-15 19:50||ion_frigate||Note Added: 0016261|
|2011-12-15 20:26||rriegs||Note Added: 0016262|
|2014-08-14 08:44||doy||Note Added: 0027002|
|2014-08-14 08:44||doy||Status||new => resolved|
|2014-08-14 08:44||doy||Fixed in Branch||=> 0.16 development branch|
|2014-08-14 08:44||doy||Resolution||open => done|
|2014-08-14 08:44||doy||Assigned To||=> doy|
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