Is Trousers a Plural Noun?

The British term "trousers" is a plural noun. Some nouns, like trousers, only have a plural form.

The British term "trousers" is a plural noun. Some nouns, like trousers, only have a plural form.

Your trousers are on the bed.

Your trouser is on the bed.

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

Where are your trousers? They are in the closet.

Don't say "a trousers". This noun cannot be used with numbers or the article "a". However, you can make it countable by using the phrases "a pair of trousers", "two pairs of trousers", etc.

We bought three pairs of trousers last Tuesday

While the word "trouser" (without "s") is not a noun, it can be an adjective or modifier (before another noun). For example, you can say "a trouser leg" (the leg of a pair of trousers).

This trouser leg isn't wide enough.

She rolled up her trouser legs.

Remember, plural nouns take a plural verb. For example, we say "trousers have", not "trousers has".

My school trousers have a stain.

My school trousers has a stain.

Other articles of clothing that are also pluralia tantum:

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