Can you please clear it out if we can replace such nouns as "trousers, scissors" with the word "ones"or should we not? Which answer is correct?

  • Which jeans are you going to buy?

  • the most expensive ones.

  • the most expensive.
  • The most expensive jeans.
  • All of the above are correct. The last one is redundant, however, because of course you are talking about jeans. No need for repetition. May 19, 2020 at 18:12

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I would say:

- "the most expensive one" if I am going to buy just single piece of most expensive jeans

- "the most expensive ones" if I am going to buy more than one piece of the most expensive jeans

And being corrected:

"the most expensive ones" is likely the answer

And for the details please look here

  • Referring to jeans, "ones" must be plural. If referring to "a pair of jeans", it can be singular. As an answer to "Which jeans are you going to buy?", "The most expensive ones.'" is correct, even if only one pair is meant. May 18, 2020 at 20:19
  • A pair of jeans as left and right, right? May 18, 2020 at 20:24
  • "A pair of jeans", "a pair of pants", "a pair of shorts". That is how English refers to those items. It will include left and right sides, but those aren't sold independently, so there's no need to think of it that way. May 18, 2020 at 20:32
  • thank you! What I try to clear up is ... if speaking about singular uncountable nouns like meat/ milk... we say:" Don't use that milk. Use this fresh." omitting the word "milk". Should we do the same with plurale tantum? Or should we always use "ones" instead of "jeans"?
    – Olga
    May 18, 2020 at 20:51
  • @VencaBSpam If you're not sure about your answer, you don't have to post it; in fact, you're encouraged to do more research before posting an answer. Please do that in the future, thanks.
    – user3395
    May 18, 2020 at 23:07

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