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Pants

In English, we always use the plural form "pants". Is it common usage in Spanish to say "el pantalón" to mean one pair of pants? And does "los pantalones" mean multiple pairs of pants?

5 years ago

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It may be different in different places, but I am from Spain and we say both "el pantalón" and "los pantalones" to mean one pair of pants (always "los pantalones" if plural, though), no distinction.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mickeytgl
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I'm from Mexico, and we also use "el pantalón" and "los pantalones" to refer to a single pair of pants, as babella says.

5 years ago

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Awesome, thank you both. I thought I had heard it both ways, which left me confused.

5 years ago

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There's a great vid on the entemology of pants here: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/mysteries-of-vernacular-pants-jessica-oreck

Now I'm curious if Pantaleonis or Pantaloons were singular or plural. :P

5 years ago