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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



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