Pants — “is it” or “are they”?

This question has come straight from this great question title: Pants — why is it plural?
I just thought that if somebody hadn’t already edited the title, it is either written right, or all editors just liked the play on words.

So how do we say it?


It’s a matter of the signifier versus the signified. The question being asked is, “why is the word pants plural?” It could as easily have been, “why do we need more than one pant?”

In the first case, since the subject for discussion is a single word, the singular form is correct (if a little odd-sounding at first). In the second, the subject is the article itself, so the option is to pluralize everything or propose a hypothetical singular.

Source : Link , Question Author : Dan Ganiev , Answer Author : bye

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