Use the word "shape" to describe the size, form, and condition of objects and people.
In these sentences and questions, "shape" is a noun:
- The cake has an unusual shape. Instead of being round, it’s in the shape of a football.
- This store sells clothes to women of all shapes and sizes.
- William is really out of shape. He has to start exercising.
- Do you feel like you’re in shape?
- That restaurant is in bad shape. It will probably go out of business.
- These pieces of candy are shaped like little bears. (This sentence uses "shape" as a verb in the passive voice.)
When "shape" is used is a verb, it usually means to form or make:
- The surface of the Earth was shaped by millions of years of natural activity.
- Recent events in the middle east have shaped the government’s foreign policy.
- This is shaping up to be a rainy day. (shape up = become)
- He’d better shape up or he’ll be out of school. (shape up = improve one’s behavior)
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October 23, 2012