I often say this to my children:

If you drink little water, your pee is dark (1)

And they reply:

If you drink much water, your pee is light (2)

Because they know the opposite pair "dark-light"

But I think (2) is not correct, it should be "clear" or "transparent"

For example,

If you drink much water, your pee is clear (3) ("transparent" is too technical)

Which one are correct: (1), (2), or (3) in everyday casual conversations?

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    This is not an argument that one normally talks about with friends. Urine should never be transparent, if it is there's something wrong. Pale yellow urine, sounds all right to me. Check it out on the WebMD site.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 5, 2021 at 1:08
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    @Mari-LouA, maybe "if you drink much water, your pee is pale" sounds better
    – Tom
    Sep 5, 2021 at 1:39
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    "Much" is commonly used in interrogatives: "How much water do you drink?" and in negative sentences "There isn't much water left." In affirmative sentences, I think "a lot of" and "too much"" sound better "I drink a lot of water but drinking too much is bad for you"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Sep 5, 2021 at 2:30
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    I wouldn't call 'pale yellow' technical! Don't you talk about colours in everyday conversation? Sep 5, 2021 at 7:18

2 Answers 2


'Light' is certainly the first word that comes to mind for me (that was the word your title question made me think of before even reading the actual post). Conversational language is much looser than written, so long as all parties understand the meaning you're fine.


"Light yellow" and "pale yellow", or "light" and "pale", work for urine that is a light shade of yellow, but if you are referring to urine that is the same colour as tap water, "clear" or "colourless" is correct.

If your urine is clear, then it can signal that you're healthy. Typically, the lighter your urine, the healthier you are. But as the 'ideal' healthy urine colour is straw yellow, clear wee might not be such a good thing. While you could just have a very well-hydrated body, it could also mean that you are over-hydrated or could even be a sign of diabetes. (Daily Mirror)

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