Describe Things Using 3D Shapes

Vocabulary

When you describe things it can be very useful to use shape vocabulary. Flat shapes such as square and circle are used as loanwords in a lot of languages but 3D shapes are not as common.

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You could describe a building by saying ‘It looks like a tube.’ However, sometimes you may want to sound more formal or technical. In this case, saying ‘It is cylindrical,’ would be better.

The grammar rule is:

It is a (shape name).
It is (shape adjective).

One thing that I didn’t include in the graphic was ‘cuboid’, which is like a cube but with two sets of equal sides (like a rectangular, irregular ‘cube’).

Examples

The server is the large cuboid computer. The small cubic thing is the router.

The difference between a wizard and a magician is wizards casts spells and wear conical hats whereas magicians perform tricks and wear cylindrical hats.