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    Before two nouns seen as a single unit, we use 'a' or 'an'.
    I have only one example; a knife and fork
    My students want to know many examples.
    Could you give me many examples please?

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    Default Re: a knife and fork

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Before two nouns seen as a single unit, we use 'a' or 'an'.
    I have only one example; a knife and fork
    My students want to know many examples.
    Could you give me many examples please?
    He was wearing a jeans and T-shirt.

    IT is a matter between a husband and wife.

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    Default Re: a knife and fork

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    He was wearing a jeans and T-shirt.

    IT is a matter between a husband and wife.

    Maybe 'a jeans' is OK in Indian English; in Br English it's "a pair of jeans" - or just "jeans"; "he was wearing jeans and a T-shirt".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Maybe 'a jeans' is OK in Indian English; in Br English it's "a pair of jeans" - or just "jeans"; "he was wearing jeans and a T-shirt".

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    Do you call it a pair of pants or pantaloons???

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    Default Re: a knife and fork

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    Do you call it a pair of pants or pantaloons???
    Yes, 'a pair of pants'; I've never heard "pantaloons" - except in historical contexts; and I seem to remember a children's book about a dog called that

    While we're on the subject, we say 'a pair of pyjamas' although the same garment, in French, is singular.

    Returning to the original question, this pattern occurs in many cases of tools or utensils or equipment: "a bucket and spade", "a brace and bit", "a rack and pinion", "a rod and line".... And sometimes the "a" relates to a singular noun that is preceded by a pair of nouns that function adjectivally: "a cock and bull story".

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    Default Re: a knife and fork

    Thank you very much for your examples.
    Is there one who can give some examples?
    Please help me.
    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: a knife and fork

    a cup and saucer
    a brother and sister
    a shirt and tie
    a shower and shave
    a pen and paper
    a piano and stool
    a lock and key
    a mortar and pestle
    a mother and baby

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