# string diagrams are two

There are two different adjunctions below the category of monoidal categories that make string diagrams a universal language.

- We can consider the forgetful functor to polygraphs, or monoidal signatures. The left adjoint builds classical string diagrams where we must only use wires and generators. This is a strict 1-adjunction.
- We can consider the forgetful functor to monoidal graphs, which are polygraphs where objects form themselves a monoid. This constructs This is a 2-adjunction.

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