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Mom: Just hold the end of the tape measure against the
edge of the cupboard.
Boy: Against the edge of the cupboard.
Mom: Right. Now, read off the measurement.
Boy: It's one meter and fifteen centimeters.
Mom: One meter, fifteen. That's the width.
Boy: The width of what?
Mom: The width of the cupboard. That's how wide the
cupboard is across.

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What does "That's how wide the cupboard is across" mean?

Does it mean"That's the wide of the cupboard from one side to the other side"?


Thank you

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rezaenglishDoes it mean"That's the width of the cupboard from one side to the other side"?

Three dimensional objects have length, depth, and height.

A bookcase has to be wide to hold a lot of books on on shelf. Its width may be over a meter.
A bookcase has to be deep enough so that the book will not stick out from the shelf. The depth may be 20 centimeters.

A bookcase can be high to accommodate many shelves. But some people might not be able to reach the books on a top shelf.

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Mom: One meter, fifteen. That's the width.
Boy: The width of what?
Mom: The width of the cupboard. That's how wide the
cupboard is across.

By saying across, Mom is trying to explain what the words width and wide. But both words include the concept of across, so we don't really need to say that.



[ If you want to talk instead about the distance from the back of the cupboard to the front, the words to use are depth and deep. ]

Clive

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