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    Proud parents Florence Addo-Gerth and Stephan Gerth are over-joyed by the new additions to their family, which includes 18-year-old brother Randy.
    Mother Florence, 35, hails from Ghana, west Africa while father Stephan is German.
    Stephan, 40, said that although the couple were surprised by the children's different colourings the most important thing was that the babies were healthy.
    Hello! I think 'colouring' should be in singular and the usage of it in above context is wrong.

    Here's a difinition from Cambridge Dictionaries Online.

    colouring UK, US coloring
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    1 [S] the combined effect of a person's hair, skin and eye colour:
    Their colouring is so totally different that you would never think they were sisters.
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    Am I right? Thank you!

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    Hello Soup,

    Thank you for your response. Yes, it is used but probably misused, isn't it? Google just lists all what it can find but it fails to distinguish intelligently what they are correct or wrong.

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    Re: "Colouring" should be in singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hello Soup,

    Thank you for your response. Yes, it is used but probably misused, isn't it? Google just lists all what it can find but it fails to distinguish intelligently what they are correct or wrong.
    I'd disagree. I read the googled examples as well as yours, and colourings in those contexts is perfectly fine.


    See also "Derived forms" here http://www.wordwebonline.com/en/COLOURING

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    Smile Re: "Colouring" should be in singular?

    Hello Soup,

    From Cambridge Dictionaries Online
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    colouring UK, US coloring
    noun
    1 [S] the combined effect of a person's hair, skin and eye colour:
    Their colouring is so totally different that you would never think they were sisters.

    2 [C or U] a substance that is added to food or drink to change its colour artificially:
    It says on the label that no preservatives or artificial colourings have been added.


    From WordWeb Online
    colour, colouring, colourings- WordWeb dictionary definition

    Noun: colouring kúluring
    Usage: Brit, Cdn (=coloring)


    1. A digestible substance used to give colour to food
      - coloring [US], food coloring [US], food colouring [Brit, Cdn], food color [US], food colour [Brit, Cdn]
    2. A visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
      - color [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], coloring [US]
    3. The act or process of changing the colour of something
      - coloring [US]

    All definitions from Wordweb Online basically comply with the second difinition of Cambridge Dictionaries Online rather than Cambridge Dictionaries' first one which specially refers to a person's appearance.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 19-Jul-2008 at 09:02.

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    Re: "Colouring" should be in singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    All definitions from Wordweb Online basically complies ...
    I was merely pointing out the "Derived forms: colourings." That was the word you were looking for, right?


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    I hesitate to but in, but in the original "by the children's different colourings", the reference is to the colouring of each child, so the plural works in this context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I was merely pointing out the "Derived forms: colourings." That was the word you were looking for, right?

    Soup, I appreciate your perseverance in help me out.

    Have a great weekend.

    Cheers!

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    Smile Re: "Colouring" should be in singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I hesitate to but in, but in the original "by the children's different colourings", the reference is to the colouring of each child, so the plural works in this context.

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your response.

    Then why is the example in definition 1 of Cambridge Dictionaries Online in singular?


    Their colouring is so totally different that you would never think they were sisters.
    Have a great weekend.

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