What kind of car has she got?

As far as I understand, there are different ways to answer such a question: old-fashioned, red, comfortable, sporty, a BMW, etc.

Can this question be asked about her old black car? (=What does her car look like?)

Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    As a language question, sure you can. Is there some hidden connotation you are asking about? – user3169 Jul 4 '17 at 18:27
  • No special connotation, just a question about the apperance of her car. – Yulia Jul 4 '17 at 18:38

If you ask someone "what kind of car do you have" and they reply "a black one", it would be a kind of joke. It literally answers the question but it implies that the answerer has no interest in cars at all, and the only thing they know about their own car is its colour. It would be taken to be sarcasm, implying "Don't talk to me about cars. I'm not interested."

So you can answer "an old black one" but it might be taken to be slightly rude.

If you want to know what the car's colour is, just ask "What colour is your car?" or "What does your car look like?"

  • What does her car look like? - It looks like an old Porsche. – SovereignSun Jul 4 '17 at 18:00
  • What does your car look like? - It looks like it's been in hell. – SovereignSun Jul 4 '17 at 18:07
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    @SovereignSun Actually we would say "It looks like it's been through hell." – user3169 Jul 4 '17 at 18:26
  • What kind of car has she got? - She's got an old black car. (And that's all I know about her car.) Is anything wrong with this question? – Yulia Jul 4 '17 at 18:36
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    @Yulia There is nothing wrong with that question and answer. Both are nicely idiomatic. – P. E. Dant Jul 4 '17 at 19:40

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