Plural of Scissors

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The word scissors has no plural form.

The Plural of Scissors

Scissors has no plural form. We put pair of or pairs of in front of the word scissors to give it its plural form.

For example:
  • One pair of scissors
  • Two pairs of scissors
  • I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil. (Truman Capote)
  • (Unknown number)
  • When you own a pair of haircutting scissors, you cut your own hair constantly. (Emily Weiss)
  • (One pair of scissors)

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The Standard Rules for Forming the Plurals

The table below shows the standard rules for forming the plurals of nouns in English.
Type Example of Type Forming the Plural Plural
Most Nouns cat
scythe
add s cats
scythes
Noun Ending s, sh, ch, x or z bus
dress
add es buses
dresses
Nouns ending [consonant] o mango
zero
tomato
add either s or es
(There are no rules for this - you have to know.)
mangoes or mangos
zeros
tomatoes
Nouns ending [vowel] o patio
ratio
add s patios
ratios
Nouns ending [consonant] y story
penny
change the y to an i and add es stories
pennies
Nouns ending [vowel] y storey ()
donkey
add s storeys
donkeys
Nouns ending f or fe dwarf
knife
ves and/or s
(There are no rules - you have to know.)
dwarfs
knives
Exceptions goose
louse
some nouns undergo a vowel or letters change geese
lice
More exceptions salmon
scissors
some nouns do not change at all salmon
scissors

Why Is There Confusion over the Plural of Scissors?

Confusion arises because scissors has no plural form. Unfortunately, there is no clever way of knowing which nouns follow which rules. You have to know.
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See Also

Unusual pluralsPlural forming table Quirks with forming plurals Forming the plurals of abbreviations Forming the plurals of compound nouns