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    Default in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    "Shape" as a noun can be countable and uncountable.

    If I want to describe the shape of an object, are the following sentences grammatical/common among native people?

    1) This toy ball comes in a round shape.
    2) This toy ball comes in round shape.
    3) This toy ball comes in the round shape.

    If not, how do native people describe an object's shape usually in writing?

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    It seems a little redudant to say that a ball is round.

    My lot is roughly rectangular in shape.
    The person who lives on the corner has a pie-shaped lot.
    My old property had a very strange shape. It was hour-glass shaped. It was like an hour-glass in shape. Its shape was like an hour-glass.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    so native people won't use "come in a xx shape"?

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    This television stand comes in a rectangular shape or in a more boxy shape.

    Please remember that to write in proper English, you need to use capital letters.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    Then how about in rectangular shape/ the rectangular shape?

    Cause "shape" can be countable and uncountable.

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    No, you need to say "a." Not no article, and not "the."
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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    Got it!
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    Hello.
    "in the shape of a rectangle" is fine, I think.
    For more examples, please see: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    Yes, you can say "in the shape of a rectangle" but not "it comes in the rectangle shape."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: in a round shape, in round shape, in the round shape

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It seems a little redudant to say that a ball is round. Don't let Dan Marino read that!
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