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    troubled=(

    Hi!
    Is it proper to say "the color of my shoes "is" red or the colors of my shoes "are" blue? How do grammarians and english teachers help me clarify that confusing stuff?

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    Re: troubled=(

    Quote Originally Posted by jomarie View Post
    Hi!
    Is it proper to say "the color of my shoes "is" red or the colors of my shoes "are" blue? How do grammarians and english teachers help me clarify that confusing stuff?
    The colour [of my shoes] is red.

    You`d better say: My shoes are red.

    If there`s only one colour - blue in your case- why should I use are?


    My shoes are white and black, or white and blue, etc.
    or
    I have a white and blue pair of shoes.
    I have a blue pair of shoes.


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    Re: troubled=(

    You've said it all! thanks

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    Re: troubled=(

    Quote Originally Posted by jomarie View Post
    How do grammarians and english teachers help me clarify that confusing stuff?
    The subject agrees with its verb.

    [1] The color of my shoes is ... (the color is)
    [2] The colors of the rainbow are ... ( the colors are)


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