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Word order with какого цвета
harpsichordDate: Sunday, 2013-01-20, 1:29 PM | Message # 1
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Здравствуйте, Олга!

In Level один Урок два, we are given the following sentence structures:

какого цвета бумага?
and
какого она цвета?

Are the word orders interchangeable, or is there a rule for this? In other words, could you also say:

какого бумага цвета?
and
какого цвета она?

Наташа may have touched on this in our first lesson the other day, but I don't remember what was said.

Thank you,
Манди
OlgaDate: Sunday, 2013-01-20, 4:13 PM | Message # 2
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Здравствуйте, Мэнди.
In Russian most of the times there is no strict word order in the sentence. But sometimes it sounds weird if you change the word order.
The rule is: it's better to follow a native speaker, therefore using the phrases from the book is the best solution.
With these particular example I would say that
To me it's more natural to put the noun in the end of the question. Какого цвета бумага?
Put the [b]pronoun [/b]in the middle of the question. Какого она цвета?

The phrases какого бумага цвета? and какого цвета она? are also correct, but in this case sound a little bit unnatural.
Did I answer your question?

Olga
harpsichordDate: Sunday, 2013-01-20, 5:05 PM | Message # 3
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Yes, you answered my question very well as always--and thanks for showing me the correct way to spell my name. biggrin

Мэнди
OlgaDate: Sunday, 2013-01-20, 7:03 PM | Message # 4
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You are welcome!
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