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    #1

    black, black color, etc.

    Please take a look at the sentence below:

    My dad's car is (A. black, B. black color, C. a black color, D. black in color".

    I know that A is correct and natural, but I am not sure whether B, C and D are natural too? I think that 'color' in B is redundant, and that 'in color' in D is also redundant and verbose. Please correct me if I am wrong. Thank you.
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    #2

    Re: black, black color, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Please take a look at the sentence below:

    My dad's car is (A. black, B. black color, C. a black color, D. black in color".

    I know that A is correct and natural, but I am not sure whether B, C and D are natural too? I thank that B is redundant, and D is verbose. Please correct me if I am wrong. Thank you.
    A and D are both grammatically correct. The "in color" in D is not necessary but it doesn't make the sentence incorrect. B is wrong. C would only work if there were various different shades of black involved and you went on to say something like "...a black color, a sort of dark-grey black rather than a pitch black, if you know what I mean". In the context given, C is incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: black, black color, etc.

    I think C is reasonable to use. There are many shades of black, as any artist knows - the only real black being the total absence of light. So, I don't think this is any worse than "a blue/red/etc. colour". B is the only absolutely wrong answer.
    A is the most obvious and common answer, and hence the correct one for the purpose at hand.

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