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    #1

    I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    Go pee in the bathroom before we go out.

    I have diapers on! / I'm wearing diapers!

    Should it be I have a diaper on / I'm wearing a diaper?



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    #2

    Re: I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    Use the singular, unless he's wearing two nappies (BE word for diapers).

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    #3

    Re: I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    I'm wearing nappies does sound OK to me as well as the singular.

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    #4

    Re: I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    To me the plural sounds fine as well, by analogy with shorts, underpants, trousers, etc.

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    #5

    Re: I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    In the US, diapers can be singular or plural. We also use the singular, diaper.

    But most kids in diapers don't speak in complete sentences yet.
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    #6

    Re: I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    The plural would work for me if this exceptionally linguistically-talented toddler were likely to say "No, I don't need to pee in the bathroom. I'm only 2. I'm still in nappies!" Here, "in nappies" is a general term for "not yet potty-trained/toilet-trained".

    A: Is little Billy potty-trained yet?
    B: No. He's still in nappies day and night. (Sigh.)

    However, if the child is (as is normal) is wearing just one, then "I'm wearing a nappy" is the only natural choice for me.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "I'm wearing a nappy" is the only natural choice for me.
    I'm relieved you put those words in context.

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    Re: I have diapers on / I'm wearing diapers

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "I'm wearing a nappy" is the only natural choice for me.
    I would argue that diapers (and by extension all clothes) are an artificial choice; the only truly natural choice would be nakedness. Unless maybe you used palm fronds for diapers....

    The appropriateness of such a natural choice is of course a separate debate.
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