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If a dog has white hair with black spots, do you say: The dog is white and black. or The dog is black and white. or either way?
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black and white

salt and pepper

milk and sugar

etc.

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Thank you for reply. But I don't understand your answer. Do you mean in English people always say black and white, never white and black?
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"Black and white" is the normal way to say it. In French too, BTW.

Milky, what's the color of a milk & sugar dog? Emotion: tongue tied
"black-spotted white dog"
(quotation marks are important)
gives several hits at Yahoo
it may be OK
AnonymousThank you for reply. But I don't understand your answer. Do you mean in English people always say black and white, never white and black?
Native speakers speak English in fixed phrases, which doesn't always give them much choice unless they want to sound 'unnatural' or unidiomatic. You need not do that. I don't. Tweak the language to your preference and if you prefer white and black, use it. Everybody will understand you. Of course you must take care your English remains intelligible; if you stray too far from the beaten track, you'll get just blank stares.Emotion: smile

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CB
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You make us sound like robots Emotion: big smile
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Every language has some fixed expressions... Pics are either in color or in black and white. "En noir et blanc" Nobody here (or in Belgium Emotion: smile ) would ever say "en blanc et noir"!
Marius Hancu"black-spotted white dog"
(quotation marks are important)
gives several hits at Yahoo
it may be OK

Why are quotations marks important? Is it wrong to say I have a black-spotted white dog.? On second thoughts, do you mean that I have to type "black-spotted white dog" when I search for the phrase at Yahoo.
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