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Color m/f

when you say a color do you change the end according to if the words in the sentence are masculine or feminine? example: would white change from brancos to brancas if it is a feminine sentence? uma meia é branca um relogio é branco

May 30, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Yes! But not all colors.

Colors that change:

  • Preto/Pretas
  • Branco/Brancas
  • Vermelho/Vermelhas
  • Roxo/Roxas
  • Amarelo/Amarelas

Colors that don't change:

  • Laranja/(no plural, see Davu's link)
  • Verde/Verdes
  • Azul/Azuis
  • Violeta/(no plural, see Davu's link)
  • Cinza/(no plural, see Davu's link)
  • Rosa/(no plural, see Davu's link)
  • Cor de abóbora/(no plural)
  • Marrom/Marrons

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

I believe laranja, cinza, violeta and rosa don't have plurals: http://lilinguaportuguesa.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/nem-toda-cor-tem-plural.html

I guess that's because they are really "cor de xxx" just like your other example but have lost the prefix.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

...... Whoa!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jamie08MD

I'm not a native, but I believe this may be correct. If it is not, please write and I'll delete it. :)

When using colours in general, we should always prefer masculine. (As cores da minha casa são branco e preto. Branco é a cor.)

But when we say that one particular thing has the colour, then we should change the ending accordingly. (A casa é branca. As carteiras são vermelhas.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessamator

Indeed. You definitely have to change it.

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