Clothes是单数还是复数?使用时该说clothes are还是clothes is?

Clothes是衣服、服装的泛称,通常指多件不同衣服(如:上衣、裤子、袜子等)的搭配。这个词本身是复数形式,Wiktionary指出,该词是:“plural only”,即:仅表示复数。相应的,clothes后面的系动词也该用复数,如:clothes are,clothes were,而不使用clothes is,或clothes was。

由于clothes本身是复数,因此前面不可使用“一件”(a piece of,an article of,或an item of)这样的修饰词。

例如:

These clothes are mine.(这些衣服是我的)

His clothes are in the closet.(他的衣服在柜子里)

The clothes were shipped yesterday.(衣服昨天已发货了)

如果你要表示一件衣服,可以用clothing。如:a piece of clothing,或an article of clothing。

参考链接:

http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/clothes-singular-plural.2075776/

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/clothes

https://www.spanishdict.com/answers/116221/a-piece-of-clothes

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