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I can't find any reference to a plural form of "hell of a *".
Some say this does not exist because "hell of A " means "A remarkable x among all x"
But what if the noun is commonly used at plural (glasses, trousers...).
What will be the correct form then?

  • Apple glasses would be one hell of a glasses?
  • Apple glasses would be one hell of glasses?
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    Glasses and trousers are still "one thing". We don't say, for example, "That elephant is one hell of an elephant" with the repetition, but either "That is one hell of an elephant" or "That elephant is one hell of a thing." For glasses and trousers, it would be too clumsy trying to put the subject last. Jul 7, 2021 at 18:35
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    I think your question is based on a slight misinterpretation. We never use it in the plural, because the meaning of "X is a hell of a thing" is really more like "the existence of X is a hell of a thing." So the phrase would just be like "apple glasses would be one hell of a thing."
    – stangdon
    Jul 7, 2021 at 18:38
  • @Weather Vane. So, there's no such thing as : great apes are one hell of animals?
    – v1nce
    Jul 7, 2021 at 18:54
  • We'd say, "A great ape is one hell of an animal" - theoretically, that is. I can't imagine anyone actually saying that. This is a limitation of the cliché. It only supports singular objects. And it's use is probably even more strict than that, though it's hard to say exactly what the limits are. For example, "A pair of Apple Glasses would be one hell of a pair of glasses" isn't incorrect, but it's unlikely to be heard. Probably because it's too cumbersome.
    – Juhasz
    Jul 7, 2021 at 18:59
  • No, we would not say "great apes are one hell of animals". Jul 7, 2021 at 19:13

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The phrase "hell of a (something)" only works in the singular form. When it comes to things like glasses or trousers, you have to make them singular in the same way you would if saying "one (something)." Specifically, you have one pair of glasses or of trousers. So:

That's one hell of a pair of glasses.

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