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    #1

    How many socks are there?

    How many socks are there?
    nine socks.
    I saw this question and its answer in a book.
    the question is ok with me.But the answer isn't.
    I think we should say nine pairs of socks.

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    Re: How many socks are there?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Is there a picture of socks to go with the question?

    If you say there are nine pairs of socks, there are 18 socks.

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    Re: How many socks are there?

    Sorry I couldn't add the image.But there is a question -How many socks?
    the answer is nine socks.That is all.
    is it ok to say ( nine socks)

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    #4

    Re: How many socks are there?

    If there are nine socks, then say "Nine socks."
    If there are nine pairs of socks, then say "18 socks" or "nine pairs of socks."

    Say whichever you mean. We can't know whether there are nine socks or nine pairs.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How many socks are there?

    The above should have solved your problem. If not, count the number of single socks in the image and let us know. We'll then advise you further.

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    #6

    Re: How many socks are there?

    The dryer eats my socks. So I have trouble finding mates.

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    Re: How many socks are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The dryer eats my socks. So I have trouble finding mates.
    Didn't you know? There is a cosmic force that takes single socks and turns them into Tupperware lids.
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    Re: How many socks are there?

    Thank you all of you so much.I got it now.
    I can say...There are nine socks which means there are four pairs and half.
    And generally we can say..there are six socks .there are 4 shorts.
    But can we say there are three shorts in the same way?

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    Re: How many socks are there?

    For some reason, shorts, pants, undershorts, underpants, trousers, and probably some other items of apparel worn on the lower half of the body are counted in pairs. So you have to write four pairs of shorts. The plural in pairs is optional; some people say four pair of shorts. When applied to these garments, the word pair doesn't mean two; it's just a counting marker.

    Having nine socks does not necessarily mean you have four and a half pairs. You could have three pairs and three unmatched socks, for example.

    Note that there is no space between the end of a word and a punctuation mark. A space is required after each punctuation mark. Every sentence has to start with a capital letter.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 18-Feb-2016 at 20:35. Reason: Cleanup
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    #10

    Re: How many socks are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by ali7772016 View Post
    I can say...There are nine socks which means there are four pairs and half.
    Not necessarily. There could be nine odd socks.
    And generally we can say..there are six socks .there are 4 shorts.
    No. Shorts is one of those words (like knickers, trousers, pants, scissors, shears, etc) that is regarded as plural only. If you wish to make such words countable, you have to use the word pair: four pairs of shorts, one pair of shorts.

    (later) Sorry. I missed GoesStation's response
    Last edited by Piscean; 19-Feb-2016 at 10:20.

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