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    Default Is it common to use "a garment"

    Clothing cannot be used as countables to refer to a single item. Is it common to use "a garment" when we refer to a single item? Are there any other equilavent words we can use?

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    If we are talking about a single item of clothing, we normally say what it is a shirt, a pair of trousers, etc.

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    I mostly hear the word used in the phrase garment factory.

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Clothing cannot be used as countables to refer to a single item. Is it common to use "a garment" when we refer to a single item? Are there any other equilavent words we can use?

    Thanks.
    There is nothing wrong with using "garment" to refer to an item of clothing. This is particularly true when the type of clothing item is unknown.

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There is nothing wrong with using "garment" to refer to an item of clothing. This is particularly true when the type of clothing item is unknown.
    That doesn't make it common, which it what the OP was asking.
    Mum: "Tommy, pick up your garment!" - You won't hear it, Winwin.

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That doesn't make it common, which it what the OP was asking.
    Mum: "Tommy, pick up your garment!" - You won't hear it, Winwin.
    I believe that it is.

    The OP was asking for a countable singular substitute for "'clothes".

    Please hang your garments in the closets.
    Please leave your garments in the lockers.
    You cannot return garments to this store if they have been worn.

    Garment = 132,000,000 Google hits.

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I believe that it is.

    The OP was asking for a countable singular substitute for "'clothes".

    Please hang your garments in the closets.
    Please leave your garments in the lockers.
    You cannot return garments to this store if they have been worn.

    Garment = 132,000,000 Google hits.
    I don't doubt your stats, but none of your examples use 'garment' in the singular. Take off the 's', and then tell me they're common, if you can.
    Note: The OP was asking about a single garment, not a grammatically singular term for a garment. - "Is it common to use "a garment" when we refer to a single item?"

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    I gotta go with Raymott here. As far as I am concerned "garment" is a remnant found in the term "garment bag" for a type of suitcase. I would not expect to ever hear "garment" in normal everyday conversation.

    Or "rend your garments" as a type of penitence.

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I don't doubt your stats, but none of your examples use 'garment' in the singular. Take off the 's', and then tell me they're common, if you can.
    Note: The OP was asking about a single garment, not a grammatically singular term for a garment. - "Is it common to use "a garment" when we refer to a single item?"
    I don't have time to sort the 132,000,000 garment hits, but, yes, the word is common. Not in your context with a mother and her son, but that is not a general rule.

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    Default Re: Is it common to use "a garment"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I gotta go with Raymott here. As far as I am concerned "garment" is a remnant found in the term "garment bag" for a type of suitcase. I would not expect to ever hear "garment" in normal everyday conversation.

    Or "rend your garments" as a type of penitence.
    Some sample sentences here: Use garment in a sentence | garment sentence examples

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