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A Question About English And Women Clothes!

Due my bad English I always wondered, and forgive me for asking this... weird question, but in English we say "these pants", "these glasses", "these socks", "these shoes" but why do we say "THIS BRA"??? In Arabic we say "this" for all of them because we treat one item as single but since English is weird in this regard I always wondered why don't we say "these bra"???

P.S. I made that mistake so many times before!
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Added: 6 years, 2 months ago
 
specterHSC
6 years, 2 months ago
The only reason I can think of is all of your examples are plural as in more then one. A bra however is singular so we just say.a bra. If we refer to more then one bra we say these bras. But for whatever reason we don't refer to your examples in singular like we never say this pant or this glass. Some times we say shoe but since they usually come in pairs we say shoes.
sonictopfan
6 years, 2 months ago
I don't think you even understand what I mean and only go for what your used to, like why do you say "these pants" or "these glasses" if it's only one pants or one glasses? Same thing should apply to a bra, no?
specterHSC
6 years, 2 months ago
I understood what you meant. Let me try to clarify. When we talk about pants or glasses we refer to them as a pair. Like a pair of pants, a pair of glasses. The only reason I can think of why we do that is because they are meant to be for two things like two legs or two eyes.

But now that you have me thinking about it, it doesn't make sense since a bra is meant for two breast. I guess it just became common slang to say a bra since its short for brazzer which is referred in singular terms too.
sonictopfan
6 years, 2 months ago
This is what I was talking about actually, why is a bra treated as single when pants and glasses aren't?
specterHSC
6 years, 2 months ago
I honestly have no clue but you have the gears in my head turning now. I will have to ask my friends the English major and the fashion expert next time I get the chance. If i find anymore information on the subject I will be sure to let you know.
sonictopfan
6 years, 2 months ago
Thanks man, this helps me a lot :)
SonAmyFan52
6 years, 2 months ago
Its hard to explain, but saying "This pants"  or "this glasses" dont sound right, so we say "These" instead. Its just sounds better than saying this before them
sonictopfan
6 years, 2 months ago
I think you only feel like that because you're used to it, over here we treat pants and glasses as one!
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