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    Semicircular formation


    What would a native speaker use?

    "The last defenders created a semicircular formation at the wall."

    "The last defenders formed a semicircle at the wall."

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    Re: Semicircular formation

    Of the two, I would use the second one.
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    Re: Semicircular formation

    The first one sounds like they built some kind of fortification or defensive barricade.

    The second is clearly referring to a standing arrangement.
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