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    Cool blue off her black hair

    In an dark alley, at night, the feeble torches reflected blue off her black hair


    What does the words in black mean? Has she what seems black hair but in fact it's blue? Or rather the poor light makes the hair seems blue?

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    Default Re: blue off her black hair

    The torch lights reflected a color on her hair. It reflected as blue. Sometimes black and dark blue are very close in color.

    The sentence could have read: The torches reflected a silver glow off her blond hair.

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    Cool Re: blue off her black hair

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    The torch lights reflected a color on her hair. It reflected as blue. Sometimes black and dark blue are very close in color.

    The sentence could have read: The torches reflected a silver glow off her blond hair.
    Thank You very much. I see my problem is the meaning of "off" here.

    Could you tell it to me?

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    Default Re: blue off her black hair

    What way would you say this?

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    Cool Re: blue off her black hair

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    What way would you say this?
    Not my intention at all to pretend how things must be said in English, not even remotely: I'm learning, but I would better understand the sentence with something like

    Under the feeble torches, her black hair seemed blue.

    OK, maybe it is not the usual way it would be said in English. I don't know the use of "off" here. Maybe is it kind of "from"? For me is kind of a hard sentence

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    Default Re: blue off her black hair

    Light can 'reflect off" something when it hits it.

    It just describes the reflection process.

    The sunshine reflected off the window so we pulled the shade.

    The sun reflected off the road so I put on my sunglasses.

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    Default Re: blue off her black hair

    BW: Think of the rays of light.

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