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    Question Referring to objects in plural form

    Hello,


    Let's say somebody's shoe lace is undone and I want to warn that person.

    The "your shoe lace on your left half a pair of your shoes is undone" seems unnatural to me.

    In my native language (Hungarian) we can say "your left shoe".
    Of course I know that cannot be in English, however I wonder if one can express it shorter.

    Thank you

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    Re: Referring to objects in plural form

    "Your left shoe is untied," is perfectly acceptable, grammatical, everyday English.


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    Re: Referring to objects in plural form

    Thank you for your answer.

    Is this true for other things in pair like socks and stockings?

    Thank you

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    Re: Referring to objects in plural form

    Some pairs that can't be separated, like pants, glasses and scissors are always plural, but other things that come in pairs, like shoes, gloves, stockings, socks, and dice can be referred to in the singular when you're talking about only one of the pair.


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    Thank you very much!

    At last somebody explained me logically!

    I am happy I found this web page.

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    Re: Referring to objects in plural form

    You're very welcome.

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