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    Hi Teachers,

    May I know which is the correct answer for the following?

    The pair of socks is dirty so I throw (it, them) away.

    I think the answer is "it" because the word "pair" is singular. Am I correct?

    Regards.

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    Disclaimer:I'm no teacher

    I believe them is used, since a pair are obviously two socks.

    The same is true for a pair of trousers, even though it is a single item.

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    I see. I guess that makes sense too. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eriko View Post
    Hi Teachers,

    May I know which is the correct answer for the following?

    The pair of socks is dirty so I throw (it, them) away.

    I think the answer is "it" because the word "pair" is singular. Am I correct?

    Regards.
    throw is odd in that sentence, Eriko.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eriko View Post
    Hi Teachers,

    May I know which is the correct answer for the following?

    The pair of socks is dirty so I throw (it, them) away.

    I think the answer is "it" because the word "pair" is singular. Am I correct?

    Regards.
    Hi Eriko,

    I would rephrase the sentence and use "them". It's one pair of socks, but we would more likely take the view that there are two socks instead of one pair in this case. I suppose if socks are extremely dirty and can't be clean again, then one throw them away, but typically people wash socks. Saying "throw them away" means "put them in the trash".

    These socks are dirty, so I'm putting them in the hamper.

    These socks are dirty, so I'm putting them in the clothes basket. I'm going to do a wash later.

    Here are two examples with "throw".

    I don't think these socks are going to be clean again, so I'm throwing them away.

    I'm throwing these socks away. They're too dirty to clean.

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    Thank you, Teachers.

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