“My glasses are fogging up.”

English Lesson: My glasses are fogging up.

It's a cold day outside. When you come inside your warm house, the glasses that you're wearing get moisture on them and it's hard for you to see through them. You say this to your sister, who's sitting on the couch.

My glasses are fogging up.

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(something) is fogging up

When a piece of glass gets moisture on it, you say that it's "fogging up". Some things that often "fog up" in day-to-day life include:

  • bathroom mirrors
  • people's glasses
  • the windshield of your car

"Fog" is a kind of cloud that appears close to the ground and makes it hard to see things. When fog appears, you can say that "it's getting foggy". But you only say "___ is fogging up" for objects that you can see through.

There's also a scientific word for the water that appears on something when the air changes temperature. It's called "condensation". So to explain something "fogging up" in a scientific way, you can say:

When a cool object is exposed to humid air, water vapor in the air turns to liquid water, and condensation accumulates on the object.


Remember that:

  • the "glasses" that people wear to help them see are always plural.
  • "a glass" is something you drink out of. More than one of them is called "glasses".
  • "glass" is the material that windows, mirrors, and glasses are made of. If you want to count individual sheets or broken pieces of it, you say "a piece of glass" or "pieces of glass".

Here are some simple examples to help you remember:

I can't find my glasses.

Do you want a glass of water?

Watch out! There's glass on the floor.