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Jeans' cuff

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:38 pm
by Stevenloan
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Hi everybody! When I see my friend wear her or his jeans like this. She/He forgets to pull down the cuff. Is it correct to say like this?

1. You forgot to pull down your jeans' cuff.
2. You forgot the let your jeans' cuff down.

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.


Re: Jeans' cuff

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:00 pm
by Erik_Kowal
Both are fine, in my opinion, except for the typo in 2) ("forgot the"). You could also use "turn down" as well as "pull down" and "let down".

The preposition is separable in all those phrasal verbs, and indeed you have treated it as such in 2).

The apostrophe after "jeans" is optional, as in speech "jeans" can be interpreted here either as a possessive (which would require the apostrophe when writing it) or as a simple adjective. I suspect that most people would perceive it as an adjective in this context. For instance, I think most people here would say "trouser turnup" than "trousers' turnup", where "trouser" is the usual adjectival form derived from "trousers". (Here in Britain, trouser cuffs are commonly known as turnups.)

Re: Jeans' cuff

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 3:09 am
by Stevenloan
Erik: Thanks a lot for your answer. It is really helpful.