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Monday, February 14, 2011

When is one not one? Part I

One is not quite one, when it is a pair, or a dozen, or any other kind of singular word that refers to a multiple number of items.

Since we are talking about math and how to use it in real life, it's important to understand the difference between singular and plural in language as well as numbers. Let's see what we can list as items that come in groups.

A pair of things that we wear:
  • glasses
  • headphones 
  • earrings
  • shorts
  • trousers
  • pajamas
  • socks
  • slippers
  • shoes
  • mittens
A pair of things that we use:
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • pliers
  • garden shears 
  • chopsticks
  • knitting needles
Other pairs
  • lips
  • wings
  • skates
  • skiis 
  • dice
Things that come in a dozen:
  • eggs
  • donuts
  • golf balls
  • months
  • flowers
FLOWERS! OH NO, it's Valentine's Day. I've got to get busy ....