a pair of

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a pair of + Vpl or sing?
Since a "pair of trousers" is a unit (one article of clothing), I would say "a pair of trousers is on the sofa".
"A pair of trousers is on the sofa." But "your trousers are on the sofa." A bit unusual, but saying "a pair of" stresses the unity, but the very same garment becomes, somehow, plural without the phrase. Same thing with "a pair of glasses is on the desk" and "my glasses are on the windowsill." And, just to confuse things a bit, I don't believe scissors follows the same path. "A pair of scissors is on the desk" and "the scissors is on the table." Or does someone out there allow "the scissors are on the table"? Another opinion from a U.S. speaker: I allow "The scissors is on the table" and "The scissors are on the table." One thing that might be confusing in learning English is that when a number and a unit of measure join to form an adjectival compound, the word for the unit of measure is singular:
— a five-pound bag of sugar (not a five-pounds bag of sugar)
— a two-mile hike
— a three-day weekend
— a hundred-dollar gift certificate
— a twenty percent increase

"Perhaps the stranger had given him a spare suit of his own, for the jacket sleeves were too short and the trousers were baggy." [translated by Helen Saltz Jacobson, 1977; Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc, New York; Collier Macmillan Publishing, London]


Англо-русский универсальный дополнительный практический переводческий словарь И. Мостицкого. . 2002-2012.

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  • Pair a pair — Pair à pair Pour les articles homonymes, voir P2P (homonymie). Le pair à pair (traduction de l anglicisme peer to peer, souvent abrégé « P2P »), est un modèle de réseau informatique. Il s oppose au modèle client serveur. Le partage de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pair — pair, aire (pêr, pê r ) adj. 1°   Égal, semblable, pareil ; ne se dit plus, en ce sens, que dans la locution : sans pair. •   Elles [deux chèvres] avaient la gloire De compter dans leur race, à ce que dit l histoire, L une certaine chèvre au… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Pair programming — is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, types in code while the other, the observer (or navigator[1]), reviews each line of code as it is typed in. The two programmers …   Wikipedia

  • Pair — (p[^a]r), n. [F. paire, LL. paria, L. paria, pl. of par pair, fr. par, adj., equal. Cf. {Apparel}, {Par} equality, {Peer} an equal.] [1913 Webster] 1. A number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set; as, a pair or flight… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • pair — 1. Used as a collective noun, pair is treated as a plural when it denotes two separate items and as a singular when it denotes a unit: so a pair of gloves, scissors, scales, shoes, trousers, etc. are singular whereas a pair of bachelors, dogs,… …   Modern English usage

  • pair — [per] n. pl. pairs or pair [ME paire < OFr < L paria, neut. pl. of par, equal: see PAR1] 1. two similar or corresponding things joined, associated, or used together [a pair of gloves] 2. a single thing made up of two corresponding parts… …   English World dictionary

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  • Pair (Vosges) — Pair et Grandrupt Pair et Grandrupt La mairie école Administration Pays France Région Lorraine Département …   Wikipédia en Français

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