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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:40:29 PM
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When I am looking for my spectacles and ask, "Where is my pair of glasses?" If my son finds the glasses, what should he say?

"It is here." OR "They are here."

Thanks.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:08:07 PM

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you would not normally bother to say 'where is my pair of glasses?'. You would just say

"Where are my glasses?"
"Here they are!"

It will always be clear from context that you are asking about your spectacles, not a number of glass drinking vessels!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:15:46 PM
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We are definitely supposed to say "bang bang!" in the ball game like that because I've just heard it.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:49:50 PM
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Thanks, Thar.

I agree with you that a native speaker would ask, "Where are my glasses?"

However, from my experience, quite often a non-native speaker will ask, "Where is my pair of glasses?"

If this is the case, what should the reply be if I would like to use 'it' or 'they'?

"It is here" or "They are here."

Ravindra
Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:47:36 AM
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Koh Elaine, I do understand your point. 'It's here.' to mean the 'pair' and 'They are here' for the glasses.

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mister_moon
Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:13:32 AM
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Spectacles (referring optically) are an example of a plural noun where no singular exists, other examples are trousers, pants, or underpants, as such you should use a plural pronoun (they/them) when referring to them.

As to usage by native speakers, while the term glasses would undoubtedly be No.1 in the hit parade, other terms (i.e. specs / spectacles or, indeed, pair of spectacles / glasses) are not quite ready to be thrown into the trough of archaisms. Angel
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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:15:51 AM

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Or even "goggles" - though I only use that jokingly (or early in the morning when I wake up and can't find them).
RuthP
Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:43:17 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Thanks, Thar.

I agree with you that a native speaker would ask, "Where are my glasses?"

However, from my experience, quite often a non-native speaker will ask, "Where is my pair of glasses?"

If this is the case, what should the reply be if I would like to use 'it' or 'they'?

"It is here" or "They are here."

The finder could use either, thinking to respond directly to the specific question asked or using the native-speaker 'glasses' as a base.

I can tell you that a native speaker would either answer "they're here" or, if trying to provide the so-called teachable moment, would reply "your glasses are here".
Nikita Chauhan
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:08:51 AM

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Yes,you should use "where are my spectacles" or "where are my glasses" . It seems rather informal than where is my pair of glasses.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:35:17 AM

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Hello Nikita.
Welcome to the forum!
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