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

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  1. Katelyn Weel profile image84
    Katelyn Weelposted 13 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?

    1. profile image35
      Afflosparkposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Hello katelyn,
      Scissors is a singular noun  But we don't use   an article with scissors.
      Because it will present in  a pair
      so we can say a pair of scissors
      But for " A scissors" is totally wrong.

  2. Mr. Happy profile image72
    Mr. Happyposted 13 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 image69
    hublimposted 13 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 image59
    aoiffe379posted 13 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 image84
    Katelyn Weelposted 13 years ago

    Thank you! This means I win the debate smile

    Much appreciated.

  6. advisor4qb profile image78
    advisor4qbposted 13 years ago

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

  7. profile image58
    pinoyconnectionposted 13 years ago

    here's an answer from:

    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 image92
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years 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 image60
    Shahid Bukhariposted 12 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 12 years ago

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

    1. lindacee profile image89
      lindaceeposted 12 years ago

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

      1. Bills Place profile image87
        Bills Placeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

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

    2. micadeolu profile image37
      micadeoluposted 12 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"

    3. Mel Jay profile image74
      Mel Jayposted 12 years ago

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

    4. Jonesy0311 profile image60
      Jonesy0311posted 11 years ago

      Definitely scissors. It's the same concept as pants. You don't call it a 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 11 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.

    6. nabeelplus profile image60
      nabeelplusposted 11 years ago

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

    7. rikabothra profile image60
      rikabothraposted 11 years ago

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

    8. tswilson profile image59
      tswilsonposted 11 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.

    9. hillymillydee profile image60
      hillymillydeeposted 11 years ago

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

    10. ackman1465 profile image60
      ackman1465posted 11 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!!!!

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      KenDeanAgudoposted 9 years ago

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

    12. brblog profile image78
      brblogposted 9 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 . . .

    13. Sushma Webber profile image78
      Sushma Webberposted 9 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.

    14. easylearningweb profile image88
      easylearningwebposted 9 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 image94
        Sherry Hewinsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

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

    15. profile image0
      dinu14posted 9 years ago

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

    16. Edward J. Palumbo profile image84
      Edward J. Palumboposted 9 years ago

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

    17. Sanddolr profile image55
      Sanddolrposted 9 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.

    18. Merin Joseph profile image54
      Merin Josephposted 9 years ago

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

    19. sweetpikez profile image70
      sweetpikezposted 8 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".

    20. peachpurple profile image82
      peachpurpleposted 8 years ago

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

    21. Bills Place profile image87
      Bills Placeposted 8 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 8 years ago

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

    23. TalkingBull profile image60
      TalkingBullposted 8 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

    24. Bettina Smith profile image60
      Bettina Smithposted 8 years ago

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

    25. profile image0
      Sherry Thornburgposted 8 years ago

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

    26. the rawspirit profile image83
      the rawspiritposted 7 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?

    27. Dakk profile image88
      Dakkposted 7 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.

    28. reelme profile image62
      reelmeposted 7 years ago

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

    29. Shyron E Shenko profile image73
      Shyron E Shenkoposted 7 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.

    30. Oscarlites profile image75
      Oscarlitesposted 7 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".

    31. Besarien profile image76
      Besarienposted 7 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."

    32. Atiba Sheikh12 profile image64
      Atiba Sheikh12posted 7 years ago

      "A pair of scissors" is the right answer.

    33. profile image0
      Pennyforyourthotsposted 7 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.

    34. JoanieMRuppel54 profile image72
      JoanieMRuppel54posted 7 years ago

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

    35. profile image0
      Diana Abrahamsonposted 7 years ago

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

    36. delancooper profile image76
      delancooperposted 7 years ago

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

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      roobposted 7 years ago

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

    38. WordCrafter09 profile image65
      WordCrafter09posted 7 years 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.)

    39. LeslieAdrienne profile image73
      LeslieAdrienneposted 6 years 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.

    40. CaitBooth profile image82
      CaitBoothposted 6 years ago

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

    41. roselinsojan profile image61
      roselinsojanposted 6 years ago

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


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