I have a question for Shawn


Thank you so much and the meaning of 'Neither You have good shape\a good shape is correct.' is that both are NOT correct, right? And somone says 'be in good shape' means 'physically fit' and 'be healthy or well'. Do you agree with this? Thank you so much again.

edited Mar 23 '13 at 12:32 Hans Contributor

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To "be in good shape" is in common usage in the UK - meaning fit, healthy, well. It can be said about an inanimate object, a plan or other concept as well as a person.

EG "The Labour Party is in good shape to contest the next election."


To "have a good shape" could be used in very specific circumstances where you are talking about the actual shape of the object or person, not alluding to the health or fitness of it, him or her.

EG "This sculpture has a good shape and will fit in nicely with our decor."

Where used of a person, or part of the body, you can use the word "shapely" instead but beware of appearing sexist. EG "The woman had very shapely thighs".

link answered Mar 23 '13 at 15:13 Simon Jones Expert

Great answer! Thanks

DsamburskiyMar 24 '13 at 03:00

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