I was trying to say this to my friend and I get so confused. Which sentence is correct here?

Can you see that guy with the red shirt?

Can you see that guy with the red shirt on?

Can you see that guy in the red shirt?

Thanks in advance!

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    All three versions are perfectly idiomatic, and mean exactly the same thing. Using a instead of the might be slightly more likely if the specific person being singled out wasn't the only person in view wearing a red shirt, but few native speakers would either express or recognise such a distinction in most contexts. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jul 12 '19 at 14:53
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    With the red shirt (not followed by on) could be interpreted to mean he is holding a red shirt rather than wearing one. With the red shirt on could conceivably be interpreted to mean something like on his head. In theory in the red shirt could mean rolled up in the red shirt. If you want to be very clear (since this seems to be about nit picking), I would use wearing the red shirt. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 12 '19 at 17:31
  • @JasonBassford Your comment would be a perfect answer. – AIQ Jul 13 '19 at 6:21

You can use this sentence.

Can you see that guy with the red shirt?

Also, you can use this sentence. You don't need to use the before in red.

Can you see that guy in red?

You don't need to say "on" because when you use "with" it gives the meaning that he is wearing the red shirt.

Can you see that guy with the red shirt on?

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