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Offline josephusflav

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Compound versus absolute Unity in reference to the word one
« on: October 25, 2018, 01:23:28 AM »
I'm confused by the distinction between a compound unity versus a absolute unity when one is used in a sentence.

Examples of an absolute unity are generally given as something like " He is one man."

Examples of compound unities are usually worded like " Weave each string together so that they become one string."

The problem is I'm not certain if what makes the word "one"a reference  to  a compound unity is the fact that the item is made of multiple things

or the fact that the sentence specifically references the fact they're made of many things.

I want to say that the sentence " I have one rope" has the word one refer to a absolute unity.

I also want to say that the sentence " Weave eat string together so that the become one string." Uses the word one to refer to a compound unity.

Is this correct or is any statement with the word one being used to denote the number of an item that is made up of more items considered a compound usage of one?

For example "I have one Legion".

Is this still compound just because a legion is made of many people?

Or is it absolute because the sentence does not specifically draw attention to the fact that the legion is made of many?
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