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First, let's look at two relevant definition/meanings of plural waters found in Oxford.

waters (plural -#5) - an area of sea or ocean belonging to a particular country

And,

waters (plural -#3) - the water in a particular lake, river, sea or ocean

I got it.

Now the confusion - what should replace 'X', 'Y', 'Z'? Water or Waters?

The color of (the?) 'X' is magenta because at that place, (the?) 'Y' of Indian Ocean and (the?) 'Z' of South Atlantic Ocean which are red and green respectively meet.

Also, does it take the article the? Because in one official document from the Journal of Marine Research (American Government), I found this sentence (without the) -

...continues into the Indian Ocean while the rest of it mixes with water of Indian Ocean...

  • Not an answer but I'd rephrase the last part as: "...the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic Ocean meet." – Helix Quar Apr 4 '14 at 11:20
  • @helix now, we'll have to add 'water/s' there. I edited the question. – Maulik V Apr 4 '14 at 11:35
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    For sense (3), use of the plural is optional. For your question: X: "the water" Y and Z: "the water" or "the waters". – Peter Shor Apr 4 '14 at 20:46
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The colour of the (X) is magenta because

The word for (X) here is indisputably "water", as it is referring to the actual substance in the sea.

at that place, the (Y) of the Indian Ocean and the (Z) of the South Atlantic Ocean meet.

Here, you can use the "water" to refer to the actual substance in the oceans, or "waters" to refer to the abstract body of water in each case. Since it says that the two oceans meet in the plural form, you want something that will convey distinct objects, so it is probably better to use the countable waters here.

This gives you the final form of:

The colour of the water is magenta because at the place, the waters of the Indian Ocean and the waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, which are red and green respectively, meet.

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"The color of the water is magenta because the waters of the Indian and the Southern Atlantic Ocean, which are red and green respectively, meet."

Bear in mind "Color" is the American spelling of "Colour" which is English.

  • This does not answer the question. Thanks for info though – Maulik V Apr 4 '14 at 11:53
  • The color of the water is magenta because the waters of the Indian and the Southern Atlantic Ocean, which are red and green respectively, meet. – Pheonix2105 Apr 4 '14 at 11:57
  • Kindly edit and add this. This'd be then answer and not vulnerable to get closed. – Maulik V Apr 4 '14 at 11:58
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    The sentence given as an answer is correct, but it really should contain information on why it is correct. Without that information, it is unlikely to help Maulik or any future visitors. – Jonathan Garber Apr 4 '14 at 19:30
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    Also, to the NAA flaggers: meta.stackexchange.com/a/185074/228098. The flag is NOT used to indicate technical inaccuracies or deficiencies in a post. If you feel that the post is badly researched, explained, or written, you should downvote, comment, or edit. – Jonathan Garber Apr 4 '14 at 19:33

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