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Ummm....Is this GRAMATICALLY CORRECT?

Posted on: September 16, 2008 10:11 pm
 
Im still in school. Some of you may know that, some of you may not. But, many of you may not know that i am EXCELLENT in the English Subject (Im usually pretty modest, but, im good). Anyways, we were told to write a paragraph explaining an item....you were the item...So, i did it, it sounded GREAT and she (the teacher) was absoulutly tickled when she read it.

But, she said that it wasnt all GRAMATICALLY CORRECT, and that it wouldnt be given full points...Confused as hell, i asked her whats wrong about it..She said "You said you were a Pair of Jeans"..."You cant be a PAIR of Jeans"...."The letter 'A' indicated that it is was singular, but, saying a 'Pair' also made it plural"...Does this make any sense to you? What else am i supposed to call it, "A Single of Jeans?".

I understand where shes coming from, but EVERYONE in the world calls in a Pair of Jeans...theres nothing else you can call it when trying to refer to the classic blue denim pant.
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Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2008 8:36 pm
 

Ummm....Is this GRAMATICALLY CORRECT?

Toddy,

Coming from an English teacher . . . . you are right, she seems a bit old in the tooth if you catch my drift. It is a pair of jeans. Too often I see teachers get caught up in expecting people to talk and write in the same fashion and they fail to realize that is just not the case anymore.

I would say go ahead and keep grammatically incorrect . . . . you'll be better off for it anyway!




Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2008 9:34 pm
 

Ummm....Is this GRAMATICALLY CORRECT?

Man, I'm glad I'm in engineering hahahaha.

But I agree with RC.  Its like Winston Churchill on ending sentences with prepositions.  Sometimes it just makes better sense to bend the rules a bit.  Something may be absolutely grammatically correct, but its almost impossible to read.  So for the sake of ease of reading and just plain normalness, I agree with you.  You're teacher was just trying to be a you-know-what.

You know, you would have saved yourself a lot of trouble of you decided to be a pear.



Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2008 4:24 am
 

Ummm....Is this GRAMATICALLY CORRECT?

haha cmc.


I think it's widely accepted, to use "jeans" in the plural, but to refer to them as a singular. "A pair of jeans" is perfectly acceptable, at least in the spoken language. You wouldn't say, "I'm going to be a jean".. but you could say, "I'm going to be some jeans", but still refer to them as "a pair".

This is a little more technical tho- The word "pair" refers to something that is a plural noun, but the object itself is singular, so "pair" would be singular, meaning having "a" before it, is correct. Take this entry from a dictionary: One object composed of two joined, similar parts that are dependent upon each other: a pair of pliers. And also: Two persons who have something in common and are considered together: a pair of hunters.

I think your teacher was trying too hard to see something wrong, when it wasn't there. If she thinks that "a" can't be used when talking about more than one thing, then she must think saying, "Those two make a cute couple" is technically wrong, but it isn't. "Couple" refers to a plural, two seperate people.. but in the sentence, they are being referred to as one unity, so it's singular.

To make it easier.. you were right, she was wrong, and you may direct her to this entry for her to see that haha. But then again, you might not want to- because I wouldn't want her to go through your post and pick out all the actual incorrect grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation errors you actually made haha. Just direct her to a dictionary, and look up the word "pair".



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2008 11:44 pm
 

Ummm....Is this GRAMATICALLY CORRECT?

I think it depends on whose jeans you were. One of you could be Jessica Alba's jeans because they are small. It would take two of you to be Rosie O'Donnell's jeans because they are huge. I hope I cleared that up for you.


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