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In singular, indefinite articles help to disambiguate some phrases, like for example:

a killing doctor

Would be a doctor who kills people.

versus

killing a doctor

Would be an act of killing a doctor.

But what in cases of plural, when you cannot use an article, like:

killing doctors

Here, it's either many doctors who kill people or a certain person/people killing many doctors.

Is there a way to disambiguate plural cases like these?

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If you really need to be clear, refer to "doctors who kill"! –  Robusto Oct 31 '12 at 20:08
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@Robusto on the flip side, "killing some/any doctors" –  McGarnagle Oct 31 '12 at 20:37
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Context is the ultimate "disambiguator". Unless this appears as a poorly-phrased headline (e.g. Supreme Court Considers Killing Doctors), the sentence it appears in can easily provide proper context. Note how the suggestions add words to remove the ambiguity. Taking this a step further leaves us with a sentence. –  Zairja Oct 31 '12 at 21:04
    
What Zairja says. Under what circumstances would you need to 'disambiguate' the phrase? --people don't go around saying 'killing doctors' out of the blue! I think it's NARQ. –  StoneyB Oct 31 '12 at 22:08
    
So far this is General Reference, and I can't see how any edits can change that. –  FumbleFingers Oct 31 '12 at 22:36
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Some is often used as a plural equivalent of a, and will work in your fragment:

killing some doctors

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