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Saturday, October 03, 2009

ESL Student Blog: Custom or Customs?

Custom is a way of doing things that has been established for a long time. The plural of ‘custom’ is ‘customs’. Cultural groups share common customs that have been passed down from one generation to another.
 
Decorating Easter eggs is a popular custom in many countries.
 
Many western customs are different form those in the east.
 
Custom can also be an adjective, meaning ‘being made by the buyer specifications, not standard’:
 
This is a custom-made suit.
 
Customs is a place at the airport or any border crossing where tavelers are checked for illegal goods or asked to pay taxes on items imported from other countries. This noun is always used in plural:
 
When I went through the customs, I was pulled aside for a thorough check of my luggage.

An immigration and customs officer took my laptop to a back room and said he wanted to check it for illegal software.
 
In general, customs are duties (tax money) imposed by a government on imported goods:
 
The government announced that the customs duty on importing musical instruments will soon be reduced.
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 10:31 PM
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