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Things that have a square shape

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NickJunior, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    cambodgien
    Hi,

    Does it sound natural English to say:

    I read about things that have a square shape.? Thank you.

    Here is the context: "A square is a box; a square is a window; a square is a cracker; a square is a television."
     
  2. Moogey Senior Member

    New Jersey, USA
    USA English
    It is natural to say that things have a square shape. However, I think you mean to say "A box is square-shaped; a window is square-shaped; a cracker is square-shaped; a television is square-shaped."

    If you say what you said, you are defining "a square" as a {box, window, cracker, television}. Does that make sense?

    -M
     
  3. The Scrivener Banned

    On the "naughty step".
    England. English
    Hi NickJunior,

    It is more natural to say, "I read about things that are square-shaped."

    "A box is square, a window is square, a cracker is square, a television is square", would be a better way of wording the context.
     
  4. Prairiefire

    Prairiefire Senior Member

    US (Midwest) - English
    I would write, "I read about things that are square."
     
  5. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    cambodgien
    A) It is natural to say that things have a square shape.

    B) It is more natural to say, "I read about things that are square-shaped."

    C) I would write, "I read about things that are square."

    Thank you all very much for the replies. Please let me understand it correctly. So I can use all of the options given above, right?
     
  6. Prairiefire

    Prairiefire Senior Member

    US (Midwest) - English
    Each is good.
     

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