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    Is it natural to say like this?

    Is it natural to say like this?
    "What colors of clothes do you like a boy to wear? What colors of clothes do you like a girl to wear?"
    and one another thing I am getting confused with is that:The phrase "colors of clothes" after What, when do we put a "s" for "color" when not, and similarly for "clothes"
    Some examples to apply: what colors of book/what color of book/what color of books/what colors of books
    Thanks!

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    Re: Is it natural to say like this?

    Generally, in BrE, we wouldn't bother with "of" at all and we would use "colour".

    What colour clothes do you like boys/girls to wear?
    What colour clothes do you think suit boys/girls the best?
    What colour clothes do you think look best on boys/girls?

    The same applies to all the examples I thought of:

    What colour paint do you want me to buy to decorate the kitchen?
    What colour books are on that shelf?
    What colour socks are you wearing?
    What colour dog do you have?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is it natural to say like this?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    1. I have been trying like mad during the last few years to find out why most native speakers have dropped "of" in sentences such as "What color eyes does Mona have?"

    a. I have not found the answer, but I have read that function words like "of" are often deleted because they are usually not stressed (pronounced with emphasis).

    2. I have just finished reading a very courteous and respectful discussion among some teachers.

    a. One feels that it is necessary to say "What flavor of ice cream do you prefer?"
    b. Another teacher had no problem with "What flavor ice cream do you prefer?"

    You can read the whole article by going to Google and typing: Coming to terms with Grammar / What flavor ice cream

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    Re: Is it natural to say like this?

    I find "What flavour of ice cream do you prefer?" somewhat unnatural, albeit not ungrammatical. If I heard it, I might think the speaker was non-native and had learnt the construction in class.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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