Is Shorts a Plural Noun?

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

"Shorts" is a plural noun or plurale tantum (Latin for "plural only"). Some English nouns, like "shorts", are grammatically plural and only have a plural form.

I can't find my shorts.

I can't find my short.

Remember, "short" (without "s") is an adjective, not a noun.

Have you ever been told that your shorts are too short?

Plural nouns, like shorts, require a plural verb, so we say "shorts have/are" (not "shorts has/is").

Your shorts are too loose.

Your shorts is too loose.

Don't say "a shorts" or "two shorts"; however, you can say "a pair of shorts", "two pairs of shorts", "three pairs of shorts", etc.

There are two pairs of dirty shorts on the bed.

A partial list of articles of clothing that are also plural nouns:

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