You have one red pepper and one green pepper. Would the following phrase be correct to express this?

Red and green peppers.

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Technically yes, but if you said that without context I would assume that there were at least two of each.

More precise phrasings include:

  • Peppers: one red, one green.
  • Peppers: a red and a green.
  • A red pepper and a green pepper.
  • A red and a green pepper. (conversational)
  • Two peppers: red and green.

For completeness, do not say this:

A red and green pepper

That would be a single pepper that was both red and green.

  • Thank you, DCShnnon. It is a helpful comprehensive list. How about when you have three items, do you use the connector "and" with all the items or only at the end?
    – Joe Kim
    Commented May 16, 2015 at 5:09
  • Usually like this: "a red, a green and a yellow pepper." Or: "a red pepper, a green pepper and a yellow pepper." Commented May 16, 2015 at 5:54
  • Thank you, Brian. I meant conversationally. Do you speak as you write?
    – Joe Kim
    Commented May 16, 2015 at 6:46
  • @JoeKim I would probably say "a red, a green, and a yellow pepper". If I was writing something somewhat formal, like for school or business, I would probably write what Brian has, or "three peppers: red, green, and yellow".
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 16, 2015 at 21:33

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