>> >Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 10:28:39 -0700 (PDT)
>> >From: Vinay Kumar <vinayk@nautilus.CS.Berkeley.EDU>
>> >On Tue, 15 Oct 1996, Ken Kittlitz wrote:
>> >> long:
>> >> There will be a proof showing the nonexistence of odd perfect numbers
>> >> or a proof showing the existence of an odd perfect numbers
>> >Nitpicking, but that should be "an odd perfect number"
>> Bleah; that's what happens when you change wording midstream. Either "an
>> odd perfect number" or "odd perfect numbers"; plural probably makes more
>I disagree. What if someone finds ONE odd perfect number but can't prove
>that there are more of them?
An interesting fine point of English idiom. I think it is common to say
things like "Aha! I have found a five-leafed clover! So they DO exist
after all! There ARE five-leafed clovers!" Even though there's only one.
But OK, I'll switch to "an odd perfect number."