Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 13:51:26 -0500
From: "Donald M. Lance"
Subject: Re: e-mail/paper mail

Peter Richardson asks:
>I take it, then, that the plural of "an e-mail" is "some e-mail" and not
>"e-mails." If necessary, "two email messages," but not "two emails." Or
>maybe "ease-mail?"

Interesting point. Not simple by any means:

I have some e-mail.

I had 145 e-mails when I got back from my trip.

Some of the e-mails were ordinary, but two of them were SOME e-mails. I
couldn't stop laughing.

A few e-mails were downright silly.

Much (of my) e-mail is silly too.

Many e-mails are silly.

*?Much e-mail is silly, but some e-mails are not.

*?Lots of e-mail is serious stuff, but some of them are a waste of time.

That particular e-mail.... (ambiguous)
Those particular e-mails....