'A Shorts' or 'a Pair of Shorts'. Which Is Correct?

Plural nouns, like "shorts", cannot be used with numbers or the article "a"; however, you can say "a pair of shorts".

It's "a pair of shorts". This word only has a plural form.

I have to buy a pair of shorts this morning.

I have to buy a shorts this morning.

Plural nouns, like "shorts", cannot be used with numbers or the article "a"; however, you can say "a pair of shorts", "two pairs of shorts", "three pairs of shorts", etc.

There are two pairs of shorts in the drawer.

In everyday English, however, we commonly use a possessive pronoun, such as my, your, his, her, etc.

Your shorts are in your room.

But omit the determiner to talk about "shorts" in a general way.

Shorts are casual and easy to wear.

Remember, plural nouns require a plural form of a verb, so we say "shorts are" (not "shorts is").

Are your shorts dirty?

Is your shorts dirty?

Other articles of clothing that cannot be used with a/an are listed below:

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