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    Default sides of a cube

    hi,
    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"?
    thanks.
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    Default Re: sides of a cube

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    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"?
    thanks.
    The top and the bottom aren't normally called sides.
    "The battery compartment is on the bottom of the laptop"

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    Default Re: sides of a cube

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The top and the bottom aren't normally called sides.
    "The battery compartment is on the bottom of the laptop"
    hi,
    thanks.
    as to the ''front'' and ''back'' sides. is this the right way to say it?
    does tridimensional objects have ''sides'' or ''surfaces''?
    thanks again.
    Last edited by jctgf; 24-Jul-2008 at 01:03.

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    Default Re: sides of a cube

    You could call top/bottom/left/right side/face of a cube

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    Default Re: sides of a cube

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    thanks.
    as to the ''front'' and ''back'' sides. is this the right way to say it?
    does tridimensional objects have ''sides'' or ''surfaces''?
    thanks again.
    Actually, I was almost going to amend my last post, to say that front and back are not usually referred to as "sides" either.
    "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.

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    Default Re: sides of a cube

    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'.

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    Default Re: sides of a cube

    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?
    thanks.

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    Default Re: sides of a cube

    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).

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