Plural rules may apply even if the number is not mentioned.

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There may be occasions when plural rules need to be used even if the text itself does not necessarily contain a number (although it could)

For example, I translated several instances similar to the following recently to Colognian, where we have a simple "zero, one, other" ruleset.

zero: Your request was not satified, reason unknown.

one: Your request was not satified, reason: (one item).

other: Your request was not satified, reasons were: (list of N>1 items)

Although the zero case is not likely to be used, except for software errors, it is making sense. There is no number shown with the words "reason(s)" - of course, one could include the figure in front of it.

I am not aware of any, and I have not found anybody who was, but there is a chance that there are languages that have yet another grammar form associated with such cases of a number which is known but not explicitly mentioned. See also:
http://translatewiki.net/wiki/Talk:CLDR#Difference_between_CLDR_plural_rules_and_MediaWiki_plural_rules_6182

This is mainly to make you aware of this possibility and to ask you to mention it at your page
http://unicode.org/repos/cldr-tmp/trunk/diff/supplemental/language_plural_rules.html
and similar places so as to draw data suppliers attention to it.

Thank you.

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