Both are acceptable but I tend to use "undone" not because it is any more correct than "untied" rather a matter of personal style.Hello everybody,
What is better to say in this situation: a person suddenly notices that the shoelaces are not tied ( but he tied them before, maybe not so tight).
The shoelaces are untied or the shoelaces are undone.
I feel Coppy's answer is better. And "The shoelaces are untied" might mean"The shoelaces are untied （by somebody）". Am I right?"The shoelaces have come undone" or "The shoelaces have come untied" -- because either lets you know that they were once tied. With "The shoelaces are untied," they might never have been tied
And do you use 'shoelace' in singular?
My shoelace is undone.
I can't fault Copy's logic here, but in practice I say "Your (shoe)laces are undone" when I'm referring to only one shoe. Perhaps I'm influenced by the two ends of the lace - or perhaps it's just me.If it's only one shoe, sure. It's only one lace.
I agree with all of this, including the last line, though I would say "untied" (and I'd call it an April Fool's joke).On the question of undone vs untied, I'd opt for the former.
On the question of lace vs laces, I'd opt for the latter even if only one shoe is affected. Despite Copyright's impeccable logic in #5, I favour sound shift's approach in #9. There are in principle two ends of string which we tie together, each of which is notionally attached independently to one side of the shoe. The fact that the two ends happen to be joined together behind the scenes, as it were, is immaterial. As far as I'm concerned, each shoe has two laces, even if it's really only one lace. In practice, I'd probably eschew the laces and say "your shoe's undone", or if both are affected, "your shoes are undone".
Simple minds, simple pleasures. I remember from my childhood that telling somebody their shoes (or flies, for that matter) were undone when in fact they were not, was a favourite April Fool's prank.
Leaping right over logic and going straight to style, Your shoelace is undone rolls much smoother off the tongue than Your shoelaces are undone.I can't fault Copy's logic here, but in practice I say "Your (shoe)laces are undone" when I'm referring to only one shoe.