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    gold/golden

    According to Cobuild, gold is only a noun,
    - She is wearing a gold shirt.

    while golden is only an adjective.
    -a golden chain with a golden locket

    Is there any difference when gold is used as a color, while golden is modifying the color?

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    Gold is used as both a noun and an adjective.
    Golden, however, is only used as an adjective.When used as an adjective, gold more often than not means made of gold or containing gold.

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    Then do you think if there are any differences when you say "a gold shirt"
    instead of "a golden shirt"?

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    #4
    No. I do think gold shirt is more likely to be used.

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    #5
    I wouldn't say 'golden' there, but would for hair.

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    #6
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I wouldn't say 'golden' there, but would for hair.
    As in golden-haired boy?

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    #7
    Her hair is golden. She has golden hair. They both sound OK, but I'd use the the second morw.

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