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    Triangular in shape

    Which of these is correct?

    A. Triangular in shape
    B. Triangular shape

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    Re: Triangular in shape

    They can both be correct depending, as usual, on the context.

    This chocolate box is triangular in shape.
    I drew a triangular shape on a piece of paper.

    Note, however, that it would be more natural to say:

    This chocolate box is triangular.
    I drew a triangle on a piece of paper.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Triangular in shape

    Areas of fertile soil called deltas, usually triangular in shape are formed by mud deposited at the mouth of a river. ( In this sentence what's wrong with using "triangular shap" instead of "triangular in shape" ? )

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    Re: Triangular in shape

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Areas of fertile soil called deltas, usually triangular in shape are formed by mud deposited at the mouth of a river. ( In this sentence what's wrong with using "triangular shap" instead of "triangular in shape" ? )
    "Areas of fertile soil called deltas, usually triangular shape are formed by mud deposited at the mouth of a river." This is ungrammatical.

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    Re: Triangular in shape

    "a triangular shape" is a noun phrase.
    "triangular in shape" is a modifier.
    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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