The word "size" is used when talking about how small or large something is. This word is especially common for clothing.
- What size shirt do you wear?
- What size pants did you buy?
- Do you know your size?
- This isn’t the right size. (bad)
- This is just the right size. (good)
- A tailor can take your measurements in order to make sure your clothes are the right size.
The word "size" is also used when talking about objects and people:
- The size of the couch is too large for the living room.
- The size of that building doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the neighborhood.
- The size of my paycheck grew a little last year.
- More help will be needed in order to address the size of this problem.
- Laura and Dan need to buy a king size bed.
- Queen size beds are typically found in hotel rooms.
- A pint of beer will fit into a 16-ounce size glass.
The size of the tires doesn’t seem to match the size of the car.
The verb phrase, "size up," is used when determining the quality of a situation or a person:
- In order to size up the degree of their financial problems, they hired a consultant.
- A fighter tries to size up his opponent by throwing a few punches to see how he will respond.
- Our company sized up the competition before entering the market.
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May 30, 2018