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For example, plural nouns like 'clothes' and 'pants' actually are singulars, but we call them 'plural nouns.' If it's true, what words is appropriate to describe these cases? 'Formal'?

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    Grammatically, they're plural. We say, "my pants are too tight", not, "my pants is too tight".
    – The Photon
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 5:33
  • Can we say they are plurals? Do they just function as plurals?
    – yourfriend
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 5:35
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    The dictionary needs to tell you both what the word means and how it is used.
    – The Photon
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 5:43
  • They are simply described as plural nouns: lexico.com/grammar/plural-nouns-treated-as-singular. Nothing else. There are lots of them: tweezers, trousers, scissors, gymnastics... Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 6:53
  • @yourfriend - why do you think that 'clothes' is singular? Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 8:01

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