Simple question - say I have a paint brush and I want to state the color that the brush will use for painting, do I say

The brush's color is red


The brushes color is red

My reasoning is:

Brush = singular (I have a brush)

Brushes = plural (I have many brushes)

Brush's = a property of the brush (the Brush's color is red)

Is my reasoning correct?

  • Yes, you are correct - The brush's color is red. – Ronan Feb 16 '15 at 9:16
  • It's better to say "the brush is red or the color of the brush is red. – Khan Feb 16 '15 at 10:08
  • Or just "That's the red brush" – tkp Feb 18 '15 at 6:44

Whoa! You are asking "...the color that the brush will use for painting" means that that brush is using 'red color' to paint a wall or whatever.

So, what you are saying here is actually this -

A black brush to paint red

But then, in the title, you ask the color that belongs to the brush. In other words, the color of the brush itself.

If you mean this...

Red brush

It's a red brush.

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When you dip the brush in red paint, it has red paint on it. But this is not the "brush's color"; it's just the paint's color.

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