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Help with some doubts


Help with some doubts
Hi! Could you please help me with some doubts?
Can you say:
She īs wearing high heels = She īs wearing high heeled shoes?
If a T-shirt has pictures of a duck, can you say a ducked T-shirt? I suppose it īs wrong I īve never heard it, my students wrote it.
What īs the difference between an evening dress and a night dress? Evening dress is for a party anda night dress for sleeping? is that right?
what īs exactly the difference between stockings and tights? women wear tights with skirts and I know about  the Xmas stocking.
The word pyjamas is it singular or plural? She īs wearing a pyjamas/pajamas.
If a t-shirt it īs by Tommy Hilfiger for example, you say a brand īs name T-shirt?
What īs the correct order of adjectives in English?

31 Jan 2010      


1 - you can say : high-heeled shoes
                           a ten-year-old boy
                           a four-legged table
   (they are adjectives )
I don īt think you can say a ducked T-shirt but letīs hope some native teacher is on the forum and tell us.
2 - I think you are right about the dress.
3 - stockings is different from tights. You put on two stockings - one on each leg and you put one one pair of tights - an entire item of clothes (with sort of panties)
4 - Pyjamas/pajamas - I think that the verb that follows is singular.
" Your pyjamas is on the bed"
 5 - As for the T-shirt I think you can say : a T-shirt with a name.
Let īs wait for other and better opinions!
6 -  You īll find the correct order of adjectives in English in a good grammar. Sometimes it is a bit difficult to put them in the correct place!
Have a nice week.

31 Jan 2010     

United Kingdom

You can say either "she īs wearing high heels"or "she īs wearing high-heeled shoes".
Pyjamas is plural - your pyjamas are on the bed.
You most definitely can īt say a ducked T-shirt!
The Tommy T-shirt would be a brand-name shirt.
Hope that helps

31 Jan 2010     


Thanks! really useful!!!
One more question: pyjamas/pajamas Is one for American English and one British?

31 Jan 2010     

United States

pyjamas - British
pajamas - US
Also, tights is the British word. In the US, we say panty-hose. Tights are something a little different. Stockings (the individual kind) are also called "hose" here.

31 Jan 2010     


You would never say a ducked T-shirt.  A duck T-Shirt is OK.  or a T shirt with a duck on it.
We would usually say high heels, but if I said "high heeled shoes", it almost sounds as if I īm trying to emphasize the fact that they are high heels on a pair of shoes. 
You are correct about evening and night dress.  I would never say night dress.  I would use night gown. We often say a night shirt to sleep in, especially worn by men. 
I īm in Canada and would use pajamas, pyjamas. 
Tights to me have a different feeling than panty hose.  Panty hose are see-through or slightly opaque, like nylon stockings.  Tights, to me are not see-through.  I would wear tights when I went ice skating.  They are often thicker than panty hose.  But, these are perhaps cultural differences. 
We would say a brand name t shirt.  No S.  Hope this helps.  dt

1 Feb 2010     


The ducked T-shirt: duck can only be used as a verb when talking about the act of ducking (to avoid a thrown object for example; or to push someone under water);

In the UK, tights will always refer to the two-legged form of panty hose, regardless of thickness; stockings are almost always the one legged type pulled to the top of the thigh. 

1 Feb 2010