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    Default "be coloured in"

    A: What comes into your mind when thinking about your hometown?

    B: The roofs of all the houses are colored in blue.

    I have seen the sentence in a textbook and I was wondering if colored here is an adjective or just a passive voice? And the sentence is natural to you? I have never heard that "coloured" can be used as a predicative adjective like this. What do you native English speakers think? Thank you so much as usual and have a good day.

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    Default Re: "be coloured in"

    I would say "All the rooftops are blue" or "All the rooftops are coloured blue", but I would not use "in".

    "Colouring in" is more normally associated with an activity for children where they are given a picture which is simply drawn in black pen on white paper, and they then "colour in" the white areas using coloured crayons, pencils, pens etc.
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    Default Re: "be coloured in"

    Thank you and I am with you but "All the rooftops are coloured blue" does not imply the state of the house and it just implies people colour them blue, in other words, it focuses on action, doesn't it?

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    "All the rooftops are blue" = "All the rooftops are coloured blue"? I do not think so. What do you think?

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    Default Re: "be coloured in"

    I don't agree- it's the state for me.

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    Default Re: "be coloured in"

    Thank you so much, so you mean "All the rooftops are coloured blue" does imply the state of the house?

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    Default Re: "be coloured in"

    It tells you the current state (only the colour) of the rooftops.

    If you wanted to concentrate on the action, we would say something like "All the rooftops have been painted blue".
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