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    'two pairs' of something

    is it wrong to say (as a grammar book says) that you have 2 pairs or 3, as the case in plural may be, of shoes or whatever? Is 'I have 3 pairs of shoes' wrong, grammmatically?
    To me it seems perfectly ok.

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    Re: 'two pairs' of something

    Quote Originally Posted by mr.curious View Post
    is it wrong to say (as a grammar book says) that you have 2 pairs or 3, as the case in plural may be, of shoes or whatever? Is 'I have 3 pairs of shoes' wrong, grammmatically?
    To me it seems perfectly ok.
    It is perfectly ok. (but put a period after ''shoes'')

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    Re: 'two pairs' of something

    Quote Originally Posted by mr.curious View Post
    is it wrong to say (as a grammar book says) that you have 2 pairs or 3, as the case in plural may be, of shoes or whatever? Is 'I have 3 pairs of shoes' wrong, grammmatically?
    To me it seems perfectly ok.
    Lose that grammar book! What else could you say? 'I have 6 shoes, 3 left and 3 right, with each of the 3 matching 1 of the other 3'?

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    Re: 'two pairs' of something

    noun, plural. pair or pairs.

    USAGE NOTE After a number other than one, pair itself can be either singular or plural, but the plural is now more common: She bought six pairs (or pair) of stockings.

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