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    This is or These are... jeans

    1. This is my favourite blue jeans.

    2.These are my favourite blue jeans.

    Which one is right? Why?

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    Re: This is or These are... jeans

    The second one. For some reason we use the plural form even though it is one item of clothing.

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    Re: This is or These are... jeans

    Quote Originally Posted by dido4 View Post
    Why?
    Because such nouns as 'jeans', 'briefs', 'shorts', and 'trousers' are marked as plural in dictionaries.
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    Re: This is or These are... jeans

    Matthew, dictionaries get their definitions from usage, not the other way around.

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    Re: This is or These are... jeans

    This is my favourite pair of jeans would work.

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    Re: This is or These are... jeans

    Yes, that's the whole point. Anything that is expressed as coming in pairs is, by definition, plural. Scissors and glasses are two more examples.
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