Let me tell you, in practice, most native English speakers say "pair of shoes are" and that language is a democracy, no matter what the grammarians say. If a majority uses a construction, it becomes (over time) considered correct. That's how languages evolve.
No, only if it's used correctly. Just because a bunch of people is using the wrong term it's not considered as correct automatically. If so the languages would have evolved a lot faster than they did. You have to focus on "the pair of..." and not on "... of shoes...". Maybe it's easier then.
shoes is plural, because there are two shoes. It's 'pair of shoes', not 'pair of shoe'.
Correct, but the is/are is for 'pair' not for 'shoes'. Think of it this way. You would say "I am buying A pair of shoes" because 'pair' is singular
I think the word pair is always singular, in spite of expressing two pieces
Wouldn't it be more logical to use "bought" in this case? You hardly ever give this comment in the act of buying.
I think in the US, we only say shoes instead of pair of shoes. So i think that should be added to the correct answer. The shoes I buy...
Nice, how did you find out to write italic and bold italic letters? Is bold only possible as well? :p
But if I keep complaining on here maybe they'll work on it? Squeaky wheel and what not :)
They don't check comments, I don't believe. If you have a problem, report it.
Because management fiebids them to read, because they're too lazy to read, because they're ignorant of the valuable feedback? Why?
Agree that pair is singular and grammar would call for "is" but I instinctively wrote "are" and was suprised to have my answer rejected. I gather from the comments that a lot of native English spreakers say "are" despite the rules of grammar.
Is Đôi a classifier or does it mean pair? If it's a classifier, I get that it could be a definite article (i.e. the pair). If it isn't though, couldn't this be translated as "Pairs of shoes I buy..."?
Most languages that have classifiers have a classifier for pairs of things. So it could very well be both.