scissors / pants: singular or plural?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Fujibei, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Fujibei Senior Member

    When you refer to the pair of scissors you have in your hand, can you say "this scissors" or do you always have to say "these scissors"?
    How about "pants"? Is "this pants" possible?
  2. Imber Ranae Senior Member

    English - USA
    You always say "these pants [are]", never "this pants [is]". The same is true for scissors.
  3. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
  4. Ann O'Rack Senior Member

    UK English
    The confusion could arise if you prefix pants or scissors with "a pair of".

    You would then say "this pair of scissors is blunt", "this pair of trousers is too long", or even "this pair is blunt" (if the person you're talking to knows you're talking about scissors).

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