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Do you say "A scissor" or "Scissors"?

  1. Katelyn Weel profile image88
    Katelyn Weelposted 8 years ago

    Do you say "A scissor" or "Scissors"?

    This is to settle a debate with my bf. If you had one "chopping device" would you call it "a pair of scissors" or "a scissor"? What if you had two?

  2. Mr. Happy profile image81
    Mr. Happyposted 8 years ago

    I would say "scissors" and do not bother about the "pair of" ... if I had two scissors ... there would be two.

  3. hublim profile image80
    hublimposted 8 years ago

    I would say pair of scissors.

    In that sense each blade would be called a scissor, and as an cutting implement "a pair" would be a singular entity.

  4. aoiffe379 profile image56
    aoiffe379posted 8 years ago

    Scissors, i understand, is like deer- with no plural. We have some words in the language that fit into this category. Furniture is another and so is luggage and baggage. Thus, it is correct to say,"Please pass the scissors" or "Pass me a pair of scissors, please." The scissors, if I remember correctly, has two blades for cutting; and both are needed for it to function properly. Now, if somebody disassembles it, that is another matter!

  5. Katelyn Weel profile image88
    Katelyn Weelposted 8 years ago

    Thank you! This means I win the debate smile

    Much appreciated.

  6. advisor4qb profile image79
    advisor4qbposted 8 years ago

    Scissors.  A scissor would probably be half of it!  I need the whole thing to cut something!

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    pinoyconnectionposted 8 years ago

    here's an answer from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_plural

    Defective nouns

    Some nouns have no singular form. Such a noun is called a plurale tantum (see also Words better known in the plural above):
    cattle, billiards, clothes, measles, thanks
    Some of these do have singular adjective forms, such as billiard ball. In addition, some are treated as singular in construction, e.g., "billiards is a game played on a table with billiard balls and a cue", "measles is an infectious disease". Thanks is usually treated as plural.
    A particular set of nouns, describing things having two parts, comprises the major group of pluralia tantum in modern English:
    pants, pliers, scissors, shorts, tongs (metalworking), trousers, glasses (a pair of)
    Note that these words are interchangeable with a pair of scissors, a pair of trousers, and so forth. In the U.S. fashion industry it is common to refer to a single pair of pants as a pant —though this is a back-formation, the English word (deriving from the French pantalon) was originally singular. In the same field, one half of a pair of scissors separated from the other half is, rather illogically, referred to as a half-scissor. Tweezers used to be part of this group, but tweezer has come into common usage since the second half of the twentieth century.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image95
      Rochelle Frankposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      That is very informative and makes sense to me. When I was a child I had measles, but never heard of anyone having a measle.

  8. Shahid Bukhari profile image61
    Shahid Bukhariposted 7 years ago

    We say Both !

    Because in technology's terms, its Two opposing blades, joined at the pivot... but one that can move freely, as a cutting Instrument.

    In English Usage, it is a Singular Form, which is defined in the plural  ... Its the same, as a car, composed of 6000 parts, being defined in the singular.

    Katelyn, you have all the blessings to ask .. what the heck does this rigmarole means.

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    Helpful Hannaposted 7 years ago

    A pair of scissors or two pairs of scissors or three pairs of scissors, etc.

  10. lindacee profile image96
    lindaceeposted 7 years ago

    Scissors. I don't believe I've ever heard anyone say "a scissor".

    1. Bills Place profile image84
      Bills Placeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I have, but they were foreign and I thought he was saying "a seizure" at first.

  11. micadeolu profile image50
    micadeoluposted 6 years ago

    "Scissors" of course is correct. It is a word that does not have plural, just as the phrase "microsoft windows" is not pluralized. Even if you have many of them you still say "two, three, or more scissors"

  12. Mel Jay profile image89
    Mel Jayposted 6 years ago

    I always though it was 'scissors', like trousers, because there are two parts to them.

  13. Jonesy0311 profile image60
    Jonesy0311posted 6 years ago

    Definitely scissors. It's the same concept as pants. You don't call it a pant...plus they have the same shape so I'm pretty well convinced on this one. Oddly enough, if you had two, you wouldn't be able to call it a pair of scissors because that would mean the same thing as having only one...I think we need an English professor STAT.

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    symboltposted 6 years ago

    I just heard Larry David say "Do you have a scissor?" on Curb Your Enthusiasm, episode 1, season 8 (at the very end when his nose is bleeding). It may be a "regionalism" - something you only say in a certain area.

  15. nabeelplus profile image61
    nabeelplusposted 6 years ago

    i would say ... scissors...
    i dont agree with a pair of scissors

  16. rikabothra profile image61
    rikabothraposted 6 years ago

    It would be a pair of scissors. I have never heard it being referred to as a scissor!

  17. tswilson profile image59
    tswilsonposted 6 years ago

    I have always said scissors.  I don't know if I have heard anyone say "a scissor", but these type of things sometimes vary by region.

  18. hillymillydee profile image60
    hillymillydeeposted 6 years ago

    a pair of scissors if it is one , pairs of scissors if you have  2 or more

  19. ackman1465 profile image59
    ackman1465posted 5 years ago

    Scissors are always paired up...

    By contrast... women wear PAIRS of panties.... which really only cover ONE important body part.... BUT they also wear "a bra" which covers two....

    Isn't English an interesting language??????

    P.S.  Okay.... I mean "one important body part" ON EACH SIDE!!!!

  20. KenDeanAgudo profile image81
    KenDeanAgudoposted 4 years ago

    I guess it's scissors, even it has "s" it remains singular in form like mathematics, billiards, etc.

  21. brblog profile image86
    brblogposted 4 years ago

    I have heard it said both ways, but I don't really think a scissors is a pair. If is was a pair then when would you ever use one scissors (or a half a pair). In that case, can you even buy a half a pair of scissors? These debates are lot more fun that all of that religious vs atheist stuff going on around hub pages . . .

  22. Sushma Webber profile image86
    Sushma Webberposted 4 years ago

    The correct phrase for a singular noun is:
    'a pair of scissors' just like a 'pair of trousers'

    The plural would be: two pairs of scissors or three pairs of scissors.

    Hope that helps.

  23. easylearningweb profile image92
    easylearningwebposted 4 years ago

    I had to think about that for a moment and say it out loud, and just like a pair of pants, I say "scissors", but I don't say pair of scissors, just "scissors". And the more I think about it, pants are like scissors (shape wise), and you wouldn't say "pant", you would say "I'm wearing these pants" or "I just bought some pants". For scissors, I think people would normally say, "do you have any scissors", or "hey, can I borrow those scissors".

    Hope that helps.

    1. Sherry Hewins profile image97
      Sherry Hewinsposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      I have seen some catalogs that refer to a pair of pants as "this pant."

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    dinu14posted 4 years ago

    As Per my knowledge scissors is right answer.  I never heard anyone say "a scissor".

  25. Edward J. Palumbo profile image85
    Edward J. Palumboposted 3 years ago

    I regard "scissors" as a noun, and "scissor" as a verb.

  26. Sanddolr profile image54
    Sanddolrposted 3 years ago

    I have always said scissors but my grandma always said to me 'is there a scissor in there" so we found that it would be proper to say scissors as in pants. You would not say a pant.

  27. Merin Joseph profile image56
    Merin Josephposted 3 years ago

    it is 'scissors' or 'a pair of scissors'

  28. sweetpikez profile image59
    sweetpikezposted 3 years ago

    "Scissors" is an example of plural noun in form that takes plural verb but in some cases it can take singular verb. "Scissors" can take a singular verb when "a pair" is added to it. To the situation you have given, "scissors" if referred to one set of cutting tool, you can say "a pair of scissors" not  "a scissor". If you have two, then you can say "two pairs of scissors" or           " these two scissors".

  29. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    a pair of scissors, the correct words, not a because scissors comes in two

  30. Bills Place profile image84
    Bills Placeposted 3 years ago

    I have said both "give me the scissors" and "pair of scissors", but never "scissor".

    Like others have said, now that I think about it there are other words that can be confusing like these, but the only one I have thought about in this way before was "pants". Again I have said "pair of pants" as well, but never "give me the pant".

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    MrDanielAbramposted 3 years ago

    I say scissors. I am not sure if it makes a difference though which way you say it.

  32. TalkingBull profile image60
    TalkingBullposted 3 years ago

    In English, it is "scissors" when spoken properly.  It is a plural noun so it would also be a plural verb.  If it were a singlular noun, it wouldn't work gramatticaly:

    These scissors is

    So it is properly spoken as:

    These scissors are

  33. Bettina Smith profile image61
    Bettina Smithposted 2 years ago

    I would definitely say "scissors." In contrast, I would say "a pair of scissors."

  34. Sherry Thornburg profile image85
    Sherry Thornburgposted 2 years ago

    Scissors - a whole made up of two things that work together, like pants, shorts, glasses, means and such.

  35. the rawspirit profile image87
    the rawspiritposted 2 years ago

    I have heard it said both ways. I don't really think a scissors is a pair. If was a pair then when would you ever use one scissors, or a half a pair?

  36. Dakk profile image84
    Dakkposted 2 years ago

    I always thought that "scissor" refers to the individual scissor blade half of a pair of scissors, and that "scissors" refers to the complete device, with the two halves. I don't claim to be right about this, however.

  37. reelme profile image72
    reelmeposted 2 years ago

    first i thought it was scissor, but after looking at comments its definately Scissors wink

  38. Shyron E Shenko profile image82
    Shyron E Shenkoposted 2 years ago

    Hello Katelyn, it would be scissors because it is made up of two (plural)pieces of metal, put together makes them scissors.
    To scissor is the cut that scissors make.

  39. Oscarlites profile image38
    Oscarlitesposted 2 years ago

    has anyone figured it out yet? It is a two edged cutting device that is clamped at one end by a machine scew and nut. the edges can be dulled by excessive use. it's primary use is to cut paper, or cloth.  It is found in most households in the kitchen, in the sewing room or in the bathroom,. It also is useful for cutting hair.  Its pronunciation is "scis-sors".

  40. Besarien profile image86
    Besarienposted 2 years ago

    Scissors are like pants. I say "pant leg" if talking about part of it. So scissors unless I am talking about just part. "This half scissor blade is bent at the end."

  41. Atiba Sheikh12 profile image77
    Atiba Sheikh12posted 2 years ago

    "A pair of scissors" is the right answer.

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    Pennyforyourthotsposted 2 years ago

    I say, "the scissors." I've never hear of a "scissor" - it had always been used in the plural form in my mind, anyway.

  43. JoanieMRuppel54 profile image63
    JoanieMRuppel54posted 2 years ago

    Pass me the scissors please sounds correct.  Pass me a scissor, does not.

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    Diana Abrahamsonposted 2 years ago

    I have always said, a pair of scissors. I never say, this is a scissor.

  45. delancooper profile image78
    delancooperposted 2 years ago

    Scissors, especially for foreign. It's the word that hard to say for them.

  46. roob profile image83
    roobposted 24 months ago

    scissors, i have never heard a scissors. Only a pair of scissors.

  47. WordCrafter09 profile image78
    WordCrafter09posted 24 months ago

    I've always said either "pair of scissors" or "the scissors" , but I know someone (who shall remain nameless) who has always (since I've known this person) called a pair of scissors a "scissor".  I've always assumed it was either because of where this person grew up, or else because this person spent a lot of time in technical circles and may have emulated or otherwise picked up that term there.

    I've never actually asked the person (but there have many debates about the "on line" (not to be confused with "online") versus "in line" thing.  (As in, "waiting in line - or on line - to get the tickets.)  Not that anyone asked, but my thing is if you aren't standing on a painted line on the sidewalk, and you're among a group of people who form a line - then you're "in" the line because you help make it up by being there.

    I can give a pass on the "scissor" thing out of respect for "just different ways of saying things".  "Grammatically and technically correct" don't always factor into some things in the language.  I, personally, will never give a "pass" on the "in line"/"on line" thing.  We must, after all, pick our grammar battles.    smile   (By the way, now that "online" is a thing, all the more reason not to confuse "in the line" with "on the line" , as far as I'm concerned.)

  48. LeslieAdrienne profile image78
    LeslieAdrienneposted 21 months ago

    it is "a pair of scissors"....more than one pair would be referred to with the number reference, ie., two pair of scissors, three pair of scissors, etc.

  49. CaitBooth profile image88
    CaitBoothposted 20 months ago

    I always say "the scissors" no matter how any there are.

  50. roselinsojan profile image47
    roselinsojanposted 20 months ago

    I always say 'scissors'.i think it is the correct one.