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    Dear teachers...

    Could 'colourful' (an adjective) be a verb?

    I want to draw a circle and colourful it red.

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers...

    Could 'colourful' (an adjective) be a verb?

    I want to draw a circle and colourful it red.

    Many thanks
    No, the verb is "to colour" or sometimes "to colour in".

    I want to draw a circle and colour it red. This, to me, could mean you want to draw a circle with a red pen OR that you want to draw a circle in any colour, but fill the space within the circle with a red pen.

    I want to draw a circle and colour it in in red. This would specifically mean that you wish to fill the space within the circle with red.

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    Default Re: colourful

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    I want to draw a circle and colour it in in red.
    To make it a bit less wordy you could say it more precisely saying "disc" instead of "circle"

    I want to draw a red disc.

    Cheers

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    I'm pretty sure that most Americans would say "draw a circle" not "draw a disk."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: colourful

    i think only if they not mathematicians

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    Default Re: colourful

    And few are!

    I suppose I could say "a roughly circular, roundish blob" as a more accurate representation of my abilities.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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