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    When we want to ask about pants, trousers, glasses, scissors, etc., should we say:
    What are these? or What is this?

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    If you need to ask, you'll probably say 'what is this?'.
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    So you mean we say what's this? and the answer is they are pants, glasses, scissors, etc.
    Is it correct in English grammar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    So you mean we say what's this? and the answer is they are pants, glasses, scissors, etc.
    Is it correct in English grammar?
    It's a question of communication, not grammar. The person asking the question has no idea that the singular object is denoted by a plural noun in English, hence the "What's this?". The person reponding might well say, "It's a pair of pants", but they might just say, "They're pants".
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