shade / shadow

Shade is the general dark area that is protected from the sun:

  • It’s so hot out – let’s sit in the shade.
  • We brought an umbrella to the beach so that we could have some shade.

    A shadow is the “shape” of an object or person that blocks the light. You can only have “shade” from the sun, but you can have a “shadow” from the sun OR other types of light, such as electric lights or candlelight.

  • My dog is afraid of his own shadow.
  • A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow.

    We can also use the word shadows to refer to a dark area in general:

  • He jumped out from the shadows of the basement and scared me half to death.
  • Something moved in the shadows of the forest.