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    Hi guys,

    If we want to say that somebody's chest hair are exposed, then we can say " His chest hair can be seen" but if we want to say this in direct speech, then what we have to say, do we need to say " His chest hair are seen or chest hair are showing"? I hope, I have used the correct expression in the sentence " chest hair Are exposed", Please tell me the correct form.

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    I am not a teacher.

    "Chest hair" is uncountable and takes the singular. "His chest hair is showing."

    If you mean individual hairs and not the hair considered as a whole then it is countable and takes the plural. "His chest hairs are showing."

    To say that someone's chest hair is showing would imply that it shouldn't normally be visible but it is. If someone were bare-chested then their chest hair would simply be visible/on show/on display/ and so on.

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    If we are using this expression like "chest hair are showing"= "chest hair can be seen", so what does "I am showing" means, as far as I know it means "I can see", could you please explain the difference.

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    'His chest hair is showing' is a stand-alone sentence meaning 'His chest hair is visible'.

    'I am showing' is not a stand-alone sentence and is not used in the same way.

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    so, what does "I am showing" mean, and 1 more question, we can use it in any context like "His teared socks are showing" or " His underwear is showing". Please do not get angry on my dumbness.

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    'I am showing' doesn't mean anything.

    'His torn socks are showing' and 'His underwear is showing' are fine.

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    But I have heard Americans say this "I am showing", are you an American?

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    Click on my Member Info and you'll see that I'm not an American.

    In what context or circumstances have you heard Americans say this?

    It means nothing as a stand-alone sentence. You could say it to a stranger standing next to you at a bus stop and he'd have no idea what you were talking about. But point to a cyclist riding by and say 'His underwear is showing' and you would be understood.
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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    I have never heard of the phrase chest hairs or chest hair being used in the British or American English language. How about "Hairy chest. " showing a hairy chest or "exposing his hairy chest".

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    Re: can be seen or are showing

    Welcome to the forums, jwstesol.

    Both phrases are very common, actually.

    Click here to read examples, then change 'hair' to 'hairs' in the search box.

    Your alternatives are fine, too.

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