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    Cool form & shape??

    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    "I have earlier made absolutely clear that these two have not been conducting business for Norway in any shape or form,"

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    I thought form and shape were synonyms. So what's the difference between form and shape above?

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    Re: form & shape??

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    In the following passage:

    "I have earlier made absolutely clear that these two have not been conducting business for Norway in any shape or form,"

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    I thought form and shape were synonyms. So what's the difference between form and shape above?
    Well bieasy, I share the same doubt with you. To me 'form' and 'shape' also appear to be synonyms. But I think to a native speaker they may have slightly different meanings and this is used to emphasize the statement. I feel the same difficult when I try to understand sentences like:
    He is a neat and organized person.
    She was a pretty beautiful lady.
    That was such a huge big trouble.

    I am curious to hear a native speaker point of view here.

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    Re: form & shape??



    I thought form and shape were synonyms. So what's the difference between form and shape above?[/QUOTE]


    In many idioms words carrying the same meaning are used for added emphasis:

    Ex.: I'm opposed to war in any shape or form.

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