I like red as a color. / I like football as a sport. (are they natural?)

loviii

Senior Member
russian
Good day!

I have two sentences:
(1) I like red as a color.
(2) I like football as a sport.

I want to understand whether they are natural. For this purpose I thought up the next examples:

A1: What's your favorite color?
B1: I like red as a color.

A2: What's your favorite sport?
B2: I like football as a sport.

Do such answers of B1 & B2 sound natural?

Thanks!
 
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I like avocado as a color but not as a food.
    I like red as a color but not as a ???. What is red when it is not "as a color"?

    I like football as a sport but not as a... TV show?
    I like football as a spectator sport but not as a sport to participate in.

    They make no sense as answers to the questions.
     

    Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    I have two sentences:
    (1) I like red as a color.
    (2) I like football as a sport.

    I want to understand whether they are natural.
    They are both fine, although since red is only really a colour and football is only really a sport, the situations when you might use either sentence are fairly limited.. Myridon has some better examples.
    Do such answers of B1 & B2 sound natural?
    No. It is rare to include words from a question in an answer, and in this case it is completely unnecessary, to the point of being wrong. Where you might use "football as a sport" is where the question is about football:
    A: Do you like football?​
    B: I like football as a sport, but I don't like how commercialised the Premiership has become. I prefer to watch local games.​
     
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