Is Clothes a Plural Noun?

"Clothes" is a plural noun. Some nouns, like clothes, only have a plural form and are grammatically plural.

"Clothes" is a plural noun. Some nouns, like clothes, only have a plural form.

My clothes are clean.

My clothe is clean.

Plural nouns are also known as pluralia tantum (Latin for "plural only"). Pluralia tantum are grammatically plural and take a plural pronoun (these, those, they, etc.)

Where are your clothes? They are on the bed.

While the noun "clothe" doesn't exist, you can say "a cloth". It refers to a piece of fabric typically used for dusting or cleaning. Don't use this word to talk about clothes or clothing.

Olivia used a cloth to wipe the table.

Clothing is the clothes that people wear.

The church provided clothing to the refugees.

We often use this term to speak about specific types of clothes, such as protective clothing, summer clothing, warm clothing, etc.

Please wear protective clothing and goggles.

Don't say "a clothing" or "a clothes".

She put on clean clothes.

She put on a clean clothes.

Plural nouns, like clothes, take a verb in the plural.

Our clothes are packed, and we're ready for my trip.

Our clothes is packed, and we're ready for my trip.

By contrast, clothing is an uncountable noun, and requires a verb in the singular.

My summer clothing is mostly sun dresses and casual T-shirts.

A partial list of pieces of clothing that are plural nouns:

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