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colours - nouns and adjectives

Use of common colours: adjectives and nouns

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Common Spanish colours - adjectives:

  • amarillo — yellow
  • anaranjado — orange
  • azul — blue
  • blanco — white
  • dorado — golden
  • gris — gray
  • marrón — brown
  • negro — black
  • morado — purple
  • rojo — red
  • rosado — pink
  • verde — green

As the above are adjectives, they can be modified according to the subject they refer to (number and gender), e.g.:

Nunca me compro una falda negra. Nunca me compro faldas negras.

El sillón en mi salón es verde. Los sillones en mi salón son verdes.

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However, some colours in Spanish are used only as nouns.

Common Spanish colours - nouns:

  • beige, beis — beige
  • cereza — cherry-colored
  • chocolate — chocolate-colored
  • esmerelda — emerald
  • grana — dark red
  • humo — smoky
  • lila — lilac
  • malva — mauve
  • mostaza — mustard-colored
  • naranja — orange
  • oro — gold
  • paja — straw-colored
  • rosa — pink
  • turquesa — turquoise
  • violeta — violet

In this case, their form remains always the same, not influenced by the noun's gender or number:

Nunca me compro una falda naranja. Nunca me compro faldas naranja.

El sillón en mi salón es rosa. Los sillones en mi salón son rosa.

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The following would hence be incorrect:

Nunca me compro faldas naranjas.

and

Los sillones en mi salón son rosas.

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updated JUL 1, 2011
edited by Issabela
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