I saw the fleet, sailing on a great ocean () the color of blood.

park sang joon

Senior Member
Korean
The protagonist is one of Amber's princes
Now his fleet is sailing to Amber through ShadowsㅡAmber's parallel worlds.

I saw the fleet, sailing on a great ocean the color of blood. I wondered.
In the Shadow worlds through which they sailed, many of them would be lost.
[Nine Princes in Amber" of The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny]
I'd like to know how "of" can be omitted before "the color of blood."
Thank you in advance for your help.
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    In your quote there is no "of" before "the colour of blood", so the question of omitting it cannot arise, unless you have already omitted it from the original in anticipation of an approving answer.

    If so, you have my approval. "A great ocean of the colour of blood" doesn't sound particularly idiomatic. It may not actually be wrong, but it sounds better without.
     

    park sang joon

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Thank you, Glasguensis and velisarius and Edinburgher, for your very helpful answer.:)
    Then I was wondering if I can use "the color" as an adjective like colorㅡblue, red, white.
     
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