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there are 6 sides on a cube.
how do you call each one of them?
left, right, front, back, top and bottom sides?
is it the same for any tridimensional object, like a TV or a telephone?
can I say "there is a compartment for the batteries on the bottom side of the laptop"?
Last edited by jctgf; 23-Jul-2008 at 23:37.
You could call top/bottom/left/right side/face of a cube
not a teacher
"The printer port is at the back of the laptop"
Only the right and left sides of an object are usually referred to as "sides".
"Surfaces" can be used for flat things like a piece of paper, which sometimes has a front surface and a back (or reverse surface). "Surfaces" is a common way to refer to a complex solid object, and can be named, eg. the North-East surface (or face) of Mt. Everest.
There's also the word "face", usually used of regular (crystalline?) solids: a cube has six faces; a tetrahedron has four faces. But a globe has a curved surface, and a boulder has a rough surface.
There's a less common sense of "face" used in mountaineering: 'There are not many people who have succeded in climbing the North face of the Eiger'.
thanks a lot.
so, the most natural way to say is "the faces of a cube" or "the faces of a dice"?
is that how a native would say it usually?
That's the way I'd say it. I've heard 'sides', but whenever people talk about "sides of a dice" I wonder whether they mean faces (6) or edges (12).