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Favourite colour Hi Gurus! Say, the sentence is: My favourite colour is yellow. If we want to confirm, how should we ask: 1. Is yellow your favourite colour? (I think this is the right variant) or 2. Is your favourite colour yellow ? Thanks!
Jul 10, 2019 4:08 AM
Answers · 6
Both options are grammatical but the first one is more natural and clear.
July 10, 2019
Both versions are good.
July 10, 2019
Many thanks, Caroline! It's an exercise for my kid :) I composed a text for her. It's about a little girl, Pam. And in this text there is a sentence like "My favourite colour is yellow." There are some questions after the text - my daughter must read, translate and answer them. The actual question is about Pam's favourite colour (just to confirm is yellow her favourite colour or not), and I assume the reply like "Yes, it is. Yellow is her favourite colour."). so, as I've understood, in such a case it goes like: 1. Is yellow her favourite colour? - "Yes, it is. Yellow is her favourite colour." And it seems like if the question goes like this: 2. Is your favourite colour yellow? the answer should be "Yes, it's yellow." Am I right about both situations, 1 and 2? Thank you!
July 10, 2019
As Irene and Greg have said, both are fine. I would be more likely to use "Is yellow your favourite colour?" if we were already talking about yellow, or if they were wearing a lot of yellow or had a lot of yellow things. I would be more likely to use "Is your favourite colour yellow?" If I were trying to guess their favourite colour at random. E.g. "Wow, you're wearing a lot of yellow, is yellow your favourite colour?" vs "Guess some facts about me!" "Hmm, okay... is your favourite colour yellow? No? Okay then, is it blue?" As Irene says, I think "Is yellow your favourite colour?" would be the more common construction.
July 10, 2019
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