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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2017 10:28:45 AM

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What kind car do you have? - No, it doesn't make sense.
What kind of car do you have.

He has eyes of green.
What colour of eyes does he have?

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Audiendus
Posted: Sunday, July 02, 2017 9:16:27 PM
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Logically, it should be "What colour of eyes", but I think it is more usual (in the UK too) to omit the "of". It is idiomatic.

It seems to be permissible (but not usually mandatory) to drop the "of" if the "What X" phrase has a strongly adjectival 'feel', e.g:

What colour hair does she have? [What-colour hair?]
What flavour ice cream do you like? [What-flavour ice cream?]
What number street is this? [What-number street?] (In this example we cannot use "of".)
What size shoes does she wear? [What-size shoes?]

Compare these with:

What type of poetry is this? [not: What-type poetry?]
What style of architecture is this? [not: What-style architecture?]
What kind of car do you have? [not: What-kind car?]

TheParser
Posted: Monday, July 03, 2017 7:48:27 AM
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Thank you, DragOnspeaker and Audiendus, for your VERY informative and helpful comments.


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I no longer have the time to do the research that is necessary to continue my two "threads" in "Vocabulary" and my three threads in "Culture."

I will now do what most posters do: wait until I see an interesting forum title (such as those in the "Daily Feed" forum) and then just add my two cents.




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