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    pants and trousers - vocabulary question

    I have a question about vocabulary: what is, actually, the difference between ‘pants’ and ‘trousers’? If there is no difference in meaning, and it seems to me so far that there isn't, what is the difference in usage, then? And I’ve also wondered the same about ‘dress’ and ‘frock’.

    Thanks in advance for any input.


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    Re: pants and trousers - vocabulary question

    hi,

    The difference is the following:

    pants= Br E

    trousers= Am E



    frock means dress but:( old fashioned )

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    Re: pants and trousers - vocabulary question

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hi,

    The difference is the following:

    pants= Br E

    Hm..
    I am just reading a book by an American author where the author uses 'pants' throughout her whole book..

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    Re: pants and trousers - vocabulary question

    "Trousers (or pants in Canada, South Africa, and the U.S., and sometimes called ..." Read more here: Trousers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: pants and trousers - vocabulary question

    I believe that in BrE, "pants" commonly refers to underwear, and they use the word "trousers" to refer to long pants.

    In the US, folks will know what you mean if you say "trousers," but it's not regularly used in ordinary conversation. We either say "pants" or "slacks."

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    Re: pants and trousers - vocabulary question

    Ouisch, I've two questions about the word slacks. Do men wear slacks, and are slacks only of the polyester kind?

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