Is `pair of’ followed by a singular or plural verb?

You normally use `a pair of’ when you are talking about two things which are of the same size and which are used together – for example, shoes, gloves, etc. When used in this manner, it can be followed by a singular or a plural verb.

*The pair of gloves I liked was not for sale. *The man put on a pair of black shoes that were in the veranda.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ (The Hindu) – September 04, 2006.

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3 thoughts on “Is `pair of’ followed by a singular or plural verb?

  1. If you follow the grammar rules correctly, you will use a singular verb after ‘a pair of’.
    A pair of scissors is in the drawer. (NOT A pair of scissors are in the drawer.)

    Actually the phrase ‘a pair of’ is used to indicate the singular aspect of the word. Of course, only strict grammarians observe these rules.

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