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    attire

    My sentences:

    -John couldn't have been mistaken for Peter. Their attire(s) is/are different. The murderer must be...

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    We are talking about two persons/things, so is the plural form optional and I can use the singular or the plural as I like?

    Thank you.

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    Re: attire

    Attire is uncountable, see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/attire

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    #3

    Re: attire

    "Clothes" or "clothing" is more natural.

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    #4

    Re: attire

    Thank you, Dave. But do you think ATTIRE could be both plural and singular?

    Do you think, as you suggest, this is OK:

    -Their clothing is/was different

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    Re: attire

    'Their clothing is/was different.'
    'Their clothes are/were different.'

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    Re: attire

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    But do you think ATTIRE could be both plural and singular?
    Attire, apparel and clothing are uncountable and cannot be plural.

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    #7

    Re: attire

    Do native speakers think ATTIRE could be both plural and singular?

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    Re: attire

    In most cases, "attire" is uncountable. That means it does not have a plural form. So "their attire is different" is correct.

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    Re: attire

    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel1 View Post
    Do native speakers think ATTIRE could be both plural and singular?
    When all dictionaries say it is uncountable, would you believe if a native speaker said it could be plural?

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    Re: attire

    That's a strange question when all dictionaries don't say that.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/attire

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