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    Hi there,
    My friend asked me to buy a t shirt for him and I asked him about its brand. Is it correct to say it like this?

    What brand name is the T-shirt?

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    pete

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    Of non-designer clothing, one would speak of the 'make' of the T-shirt. Of designer clothing, one would speak of the 'label'. Of really up-market women's haute couture, one speaks of the 'house of'.

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    Hi there,

    So are the questions correct?

    What is the make of the T-shirt?
    What is the label of the T-shirt?
    What is the house of the T-shirt?

    thanks
    pete

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    How such clothes would be termed in the rag trade -make, label, house - and how Joe Public talks about such clothing are two different things:

    What is the make of the T-shirt?
    If it was from K-Mart or such - but at that end of the market, you'd just say, "I got it - you can get/buy it -at K-Mart. or Where did you get your T-shirt?

    What is the label of the T-shirt?
    If it was from Tommy Hilfigger or Calvin Klein. Again, while they are referred to as designer-label clothes, one just says, "It's Calvin Klein" or "It's a Tommy Hilfigger."

    What is the house of the T-shirt?
    Do Dior and Chanel and the like deign to make T-shirts? Anyone acquiring such fashions would merely say, "It's from Dior" or "It's a Chanel."

    If your friend had asked me that question, I would have replied, "What sort do you want?" or if it was another of the same type he already had, "Where did you get it from?" He then says, from K-Mart, Marks and Spencers, Next, RiverCity, Timberland, Top Man.
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    "Who makes them? (meaning Klein, Hilfigger or whomsoever).
    I have not been in the position of being asked to pop into Chanel for an item. lol
    Last edited by David L.; 30-Dec-2007 at 05:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi there,
    My friend asked me to buy a t shirt for him and I asked him about its brand. Is it correct to say it like this?

    What brand name is the T-shirt?

    thanks
    pete
    Pete,

    In simple terms, I would ask: "Is there a particular brand that you would like me to buy for you?" Your friend will understand what you mean.

    Pete, it would help us answer your questions if you told us how old you are. My hunch is that you are much younger than most of the participants in this forum! The younger generation has its own special way of dealing with conversational English. We will be happy to adjust our answers to better meet your needs.

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    I have not been in the position of being asked to pop into Chanel for an item.

    David, obviously you have never met my wife!

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    Hi there,
    I still don't get it.
    So are they correct?

    What is the make of the T-shirt?
    What is the label of the T-shirt?
    What is the house of the T-shirt?

    pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    I still don't get it.
    So are they correct?

    a) What is the make of the T-shirt?
    b) What is the label of the T-shirt?
    c) What is the house of the T-shirt?

    pete
    Hi, Pete!

    Common usage would be:
    a) What brand of t-shirt is it?
    b) What label is on the t-shirt?
    c) What company made the t-shirt?

    Each of the questions should provide you with the same answer.
    a) The brand of t-shirt is company X.
    b) The label on the shirt is company X.
    c) Company X made the t-shirt.

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