Are all constructions below correct?

  • This shirt is the right color
  • This shirt is in the right color
  • This shirt is of the right color

The context may be someone saying that the color of a shirt is ideal for somebody, for a certain event, eg for a party or New Year's Eve, or that a shirt is the ideal match with other garment (eg a pair of pants).

  • I understand you're having trouble with prepositions, but please do try to provide more context. Why are you writing this? What are you trying to convey? Most importantly, what do you think and why? See Details, Please and the Contributor's Guide (Asking) for more tips and examples. – Em. Sep 22 at 9:30
  • @Em No problem. I have added the possible contexts in which I'd use these constructions. – Alan Evangelista Sep 22 at 11:54

The following examples are different ways of saying something is in the right color.

  • That color matches your pants.
  • It [the shirt] matches your pants.
  • The colour of this shirt goes with your trousers. (UK)
  • That color suits you and it goes really well with the pants


3.) match [SINGULAR] a thing that forms an attractive combination with something else
The curtains are a good match for the sofa.

2.) [go with something] to seem good, natural, or attractive in combination with something
Which shoes go best with this dress?

2.) suit if a style or something that you wear suits you, it makes you look good
Dark colours suit her best.
The new hairstyle really suits her.


None of what you posted is actually a sentence, since there is no full-stop.

I'm going to start by assuming that you meant them to be full sentences, rather than just fragments, in which case only the first one would be normal usage.

On the other hand, all three examples could easily be extended into something valid:

  • "This shirt is the right colour to match my coat."
  • "This shirt is in the right colour for my team."
  • "This shirt is of the right colour, at last."

(I really don't like that last example, incidentally!)

  • I do not understand why your last example with "at last" is more correct than "This shirt is of the right colo(u)r". – Alan Evangelista Sep 11 at 23:50
  • @AlanEvangelista Because is is an actual sentence, rather than an incomplete fragment. – Mike Brockington Sep 23 at 11:36
  • I'll rephrase it. I don't think that adding "at last" to an "incomplete sentence" makes it complete. "at last" is just an optional adverbial expression, not a fundamental sentence component such as an object, a verb or a subject. – Alan Evangelista Sep 23 at 12:48
  • @AlanEvangelista It sounds like you think that "the rules of English" govern the language, rather than the other way around. – Mike Brockington Sep 23 at 13:28

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