Shorts Are Or Shorts Is. Which Is Correct?

It's "shorts are". It's not correct to say "short is" because this noun only has a plural form, and requires a plural form of a verb.

It's "shorts are". It's not correct to say "short is" because the noun "shorts" only has a plural form, and requires a plural form of a verb.

Your shorts are too big.

Your shorts is too big.

You can use the expression "a pair of shorts" to refer to a single entity. This expression, however, requires a singular form of a verb.

There is a pair of shorts in the drawer. (not "There are...")

When using other verbs, such as look, have, fit, etc., follow the same convention.

Your shorts have a grass stain. (not "has a grass stain...")

Be also aware that we always use a plural determiner or pronoun (they, these, those, etc.) with this word.

Those shorts are trendy! Where did you buy them?

A partial list of clothing-related nouns that only have a plural form, and therefore take "are", can be found below:

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