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    Favorite or favorites

    These boots are my favorite.
    These boots are my favorites.

    Should I use favorite or favorites?

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    These boots are my favorite.
    These boots are my favorites.

    Should I use "favorite" or "favorites"?

    Use "favourites". To use the singular, you could start with "This pair of boots is ..."

    (Note that I have used the BrE spelling of "favourites".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    “These are my favorite (boots).”

    Can I use the singular since I’m talking about the pair of boots impliedly?

    Is it wrong to use favorite?

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    No. If you want to use "favourite" in that way, you'd have to follow it with the word "boots", so that "favourite" is an adjective.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    I bought a pair of boots yesterday. They are my favorite/favorites.

    Would this work or should I use favorites too? :)

    Also, in one article they wrote


    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/03/2....html?referer=

    ”Collars are my favorite.”

    Why is this ok and my example wrong?
    Last edited by hatgray; 31-Oct-2017 at 20:13.

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    Quote Originally Posted by hatgray View Post
    Also, in one article they wrote

    ”Collars are my favorite.”

    Why is this ok and my example wrong?
    A twelve-year-old girl is expressing herself. The idiom includes an unspoken word, which could be "thing".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    So in my example, there is no unspoken word that’s why it is wrong?

    “Boots are practical for this weather. They are my favorite/favorties.”

    Would also want to hear ms. Emsr2d2’s opinion :)
    Last edited by hatgray; 01-Nov-2017 at 01:47.

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    Using the expression, you could say Boots are my favorite! I'd consider the exclamation point to be a necessary part of the expression. I don't recommend that learners use this formula. It's casual usage which could easily look out of place.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Using the expression, you could say Boots are my favorite! I'd consider the exclamation point to be a necessary part of the expression. I don't recommend that learners use this formula. It's casual usage which could easily look out of place.
    Then I could say,

    These boots are my favorite! :)

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    Re: Favorite or favorites

    Yes, but with GoesStation's caveat about this non-standard expression.

    Please stop using home-made emoticons. If you must use a smiley, click on the icon.

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