cattle和sheep, deer等是同一类名词吗?

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cattle和sheep, deer等是同一类名词吗?
有人问小e英语老师:有的书上说, 单复数同形的名词cattle, sheep, deer等用作主语时,其谓语动词的单复数应按句意而定。可是也有人讲这些名词后皆跟复数动词、请问cattle, sheep等可后跟单数动词吗?
答:上述几个名词并不属于同一类。sheep, deer等确是单复同形名词。其后跟单数或复数动词应由句意决定,如:
(1) A sheep is an animal.b birla wooos
(2) Sheep are animals.
但cattle是无单数形式的集体名词, 与people(人, 人们) , police属于同一类。这一类名词只有复形,皆表复数概念,故须用复数动词,如:
(3) Cattle were sold for nothing.
这种名词还有一个特点, 即其前可用数词作为修饰语, 如80 cattle(=
80 head of cattle) 。再如:
(4) People often say such things.
(5) Three people were present.
(6) The police are on his track.hag
(7) Several hundred police are on duty.

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