How many people are in a pair of twins? Two or four? This debate has gone on between friends for too long.?

Arguments for 2 people: A pair of chopsticks is two sticks.

Arguments for 4 people: Twins automatically implies the plural number of 2, therefore a pair must be 4.

A pair of pants is one set of trousers though so I guess it could be whether the twins are described as separate people or a pair... (good luck understanding that...)

Please solve this dilema for us. Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A pair of twins is 4 people.

    You can use chopstick in a singular form, "please hand me that chopstick."

    Twins implies duality. So a pair of twins is 2 sets.

    A twin is the singular. "He is a twin." speaks to the individual of the pair.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A pair of twins means there is 4 people, because twins means there is two, and a pair of two is four. =]

    anyway there is no way for it to equal two because, as you can see, a "pair of chopsticks" is just like saying "a pair of shoes" pair means two, its basically like saying "two chopsticks" or "two shoes".

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    God already won that argument. Twins come as a pair, so a pair of twins is one set, or two people.

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  • 1 decade ago

    2, are Twins if two children are born.

    3, are Triplets

    4, are Quadruplets

    5, are Quintuplets

    Twins are separate people, but can be

    Identical in looks...( the same egg splits ),

    Or they can be Fraternal Twins, separate

    eggs that are fertilized about or close to

    the same time.

    A pair of Twins, would be 4 people.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A pair of twins is 4 people.

    I have a SET of twins one boy one girl.

    My little sister has a SET of twins one boy one girl.

    My other little sister is Pregnant wit a SET of twins a boy and girl.

    And My Aunt has a SET of twins one boy one girl.

    no one has a Pair as of yet. we all agree on this terminology

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  • 1 decade ago

    as I was a twin and my twin sister died at the age of 23 - there are only two * 4 makes quads and 5 makes quins OK

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  • 1 decade ago

    but a pair is usually two right? and twins are two so they should be called a pair? you dont call a single pant "a pants" what. you call them "a pair of pants". so you dont call twins "a twins". so you call them a pair of twins? its so confusing. its best just to call them siblings.

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  • 1 decade ago

    2x2=4.......got it?

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