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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 8:03:09 PM
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Jail for man caught with over 500 pieces of women's clothes, including undergarments.

Shouldn't it be "clothing" instead of "clothes"?

Thanks.
NKM
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:16:34 PM

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Technically, either word could be used here, but "pieces of clothing" would seem to mean "garments", while "pieces of clothes" sounds to me as if the garments had be torn to pieces.

Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, November 5, 2018 12:43:03 AM
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Thanks, NKM.
Romany
Posted: Monday, November 5, 2018 2:56:17 AM
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That ambiguity disapears if you say "Five hundred items of...."
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 8:17:54 AM
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Romany wrote:

That ambiguity disapears if you say "Five hundred items of...."


Thanks, Romany.

Is it "Five hundred items of clothes" OR

"Five hundred items of clothing"?
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 3:45:46 PM

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"Items of clothing" sounds right (and normal).

Romany
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 10:02:23 PM
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Sorry. Didn't see the follow-up query.
And yes, as NK says, it's "items of clothing."
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 10:13:43 PM
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Thanks, NKM and Romany.
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