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    Smile Grammar

    Could you please check whether these sentences are grammatically correct?
    1.(a) Mrs John bought a box of coloured pencils for her children.
    Mrs John bought a box of colour pencils for her children.
    2. (b) Fill in each blank with the correct word.
    Fill each blank with the correct word.
    3. (c) Match the pictures to the words
    Match the pictures with the words.
    4.(d) Days in a week
    Days of a week

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    Re: Grammar

    1.(a) Mrs John bought a box of coloured pencils for her children.
    1. (b) Mrs John bought a box of colour pencils for her children.

    2. (b) Fill in each blank with the correct word.
    2. (c) Fill each blank with the correct word.

    3. (c) Match the pictures to the words
    4. (d) Match the pictures with the words.

    4. (d) Days in a week
    4. (e)Days of a week
    4. (f) Days of the week


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    Re: Grammar

    1.(a) Mrs John bought a box of coloured pencils for her children.
    1. (b) Mrs John bought a box of colour pencils for her children.

    'coloured' means "having or having been given a colour". The pencils have not been 'coloured' - their colour centres are used for colouring in pictures etc.

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    Re: Grammar

    Perhaps this a regional variation. They are colored pencils here, not color pencils.

    I also don't have a problem with matching the picture WITH the words or TO the words. Both work for me.


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    Re: Grammar

    What people (erroneously) perpetuate, and what manufacturer's print on the boxes of Colour Pencils, may be two different things.


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    Re: Grammar

    1.(a) Mrs John bought a box of coloured pencils for her children.
    1. (b) Mrs John bought a box of colour pencils for her children.
    ???

    The pencils are painted different colors. They all have a standard gray lead.

    b) is wrong, had she bought a box of coloring pencils, it would make more sense.


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    Re: Grammar

    Mrs John bought a box of pencils for the children. Each pencil had a different coloured surface.


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    I think the confusion is due to the status of color. It can be a noun, verb or adjective.

    If one were to read a) with pencil being the noun and color an adjective then colored would be wrong. Examples of this usage are "color TV" and "color photography". If they were all blue for example then "the blue pencils" would be correct.

    Some colors can be used as verbs though. To turn something black is to blacken it, "It blackened his reputation". To turn something red is to redden it "Her lips reddened at the sight of him". Interestingly it only applies to some colors, bluen or purplen are not words I have ever heard, and are not in the dictionary, I would guess the meaning, but they are wrong.

    However, usage as a verb we have 'to color'. This becomes 'coloring' in the present continuous and 'colored' in the perfect. Thus I read 'colored pencils' as some pencils which have been colored.

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    Re: Grammar

    A box of colouring pencils.

    Match the pictures to, or with, the words. Both are correct.

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    A box of colouring pencils.

    Match the pictures to, or with, the words. Both are correct.
    Fabulous!

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