Is there any explanation for using indefinite article before color or is it wrong? I've encountered several sentences:

  1. The general colour of the wild-cat is a brindled grey, with black stripes.
  2. His hair is a light blue.
  3. The new plaster is light blue.
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    Suggested reading answer: "I hate red color" or "I hate red". – Damkerng T. Apr 13 '16 at 9:29
  • The only indefinite article noticed by me in "I hate red color" thread is for "a red color", where "a" is related to "color" word which is "singular noun". But in case of "light blue" I can't identify the "singular noun". – user1564855 Apr 13 '16 at 13:01
  • That's why I posted it as a suggested reading answer. There are many interesting answers and comments in that question. Note that any color can be an adjective or a noun, and when it's a noun, it can be used countably or uncountably, depending on context. It would be strange if, say, an artist told you that blue is always uncountable when he used lots of blues in his painting. – Damkerng T. Apr 13 '16 at 13:29
  • You can use any determiner before a color. Jo has his favorite blue and I have mine. That grey is better than a green. That is the darkest dark brown I've ever seen. The whale was this orangey brown yellowish pink. – Alan Carmack Apr 13 '16 at 14:12
  • There are many many “light blues” and the indefinite article indicates this is just one of them: “a light blue”. When we restrict it to just “light blue” we are being less discriminatory and lumping all the light blues together under the name “light blue”. The more descriptive you try to be, the more necessary/idiomatic the indefinite article seems to becomes: “a very light purplish blue”. – Orbital Aussie Feb 13 at 1:34

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