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    #1

    "Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt" or "That's not a pair of pants. That's a t-sh

    Child: I don't like these pants.

    Parent: Go to the closet and find something you like.

    Child comes back bringing a t-shirt.

    Parent:
    1. Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt.
    2. That's not a pair of pants. That's a t-shirt.


    Which is better?
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    Re: "Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt" or "That's not a pair of pants. That's a

    1 is better. It's shorter.

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    Re: "Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt" or "That's not a pair of pants. That's a

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1 is better. It's shorter.
    It just bothers me to point at one t-shirt and say those.
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    Re: "Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt" or "That's not a pair of pants. That's a

    Yes, I see what you mean. In the context, it would pass though.
    You could say, "That's not your pants; that's a T-shirt".

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    Re: "Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt" or "That's not a pair of pants. That's a

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could say, "That's not your pants; that's a T-shirt".
    I'd still feel queasy about using a plural word after that's.
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    #6

    Re: "Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt" or "That's not a pair of pants. That's a

    No, you can use "that's" with plurals. It's comparatively recent, and you might not find a grammar page on it.
    You can say, "That's my three boys" but not "That is my three boys." It's colloquial, but acceptable in this context.

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    Re: "Those aren't pants. That's a t-shirt" or "That's not a pair of pants. That's a

    Then say That's a shirt, not pants ​if that will ease your quease.

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