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    Glass or glasses?

    I just watched TV and heard a Chinese reporter refering windows smashed in a riot in East Turkistan as 'glasses were broken'. I want to know if he misused 'glasses' and it should have been 'glass was broken'?

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    Re: Glass or glasses?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I just watched TV and heard a Chinese reporter refering windows smashed in a riot in East Turkistan as 'glasses were broken'. I want to know if he misused 'glasses' and it should have been 'glass was broken'?

    Thank you.
    According to Collins Dictionary:

    3 [N-UNCOUNT]
    Glass is used to mean objects made of glass, for example drinking containers and bowls.
    There's a glittering array of glass to choose from at markets.
    4 [N-PLURAL]
    Glasses are two lenses in a frame that some people wear in front of their eyes in order to help them see better.
    He took off his glasses.

    So I guess, you can make a conclusion by yourself, then...

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    Re: Glass or glasses?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I just watched TV and heard a Chinese reporter refering windows smashed in a riot in East Turkistan as 'glasses were broken'. I want to know if he misused 'glasses' and it should have been 'glass was broken'?

    Thank you.
    When referring to broken windows, 'glass' is correct, it is uncountable. As Eden Darien has said 'glasses' are optical aids that people wear, also things that we drink out of made from glass.

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