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davedave
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:30:26 PM
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Suppose that there is a stick made of 7 cubes. The first three cubes are in one colour and the next three cubes are in another colour. The last cube is in a colour different from the colours of the first six cubes.

If you want to talk about the first six cubes in the stick, does it make sense to start a sentence with the phrase below?

(ex) The two 3-consecutive cube colours are ......


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RamufAznag
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:10:34 PM

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I don't think so! I'd rather say:

The (two) consecutively coloured (rows of / columns of / groups of) cubes are...
thar
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:50:52 PM

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No, you can't use "3-consecutive" the way you have.

You have to describe it a longer way around.
For instance:
The colours of the first two blocks of three cubes are....
Consecutive just means following - it does not mean they are similar, eg the same colour. It also doesn't mean they are different. It just means they follow on from each other, without anything interspersed between them. So that really does not give any useful information.
So, if you have two blocks of colour, each containing 3 cubes, then it is the blocks that are consecutive. Each colour block then consists of three consecutive cubes, all of the same colour.
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