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smaller size vs larger size #1 (permalink) Tue Oct 14, 2008 14:07 pm   smaller size vs larger size
 

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #422 "Retail Sales Phrases", question 5

If you think this is too big, we have a ......... size too.

(a) lesser
(b) bigger
(c) smaller
(d) larger

Business Idiom in English, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #422 "Retail Sales Phrases", answer 5

If you think this is too big, we have a smaller size too.

Correct answer: (c) smaller
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smaller size vs larger size #2 (permalink) Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:22 am   smaller size vs larger size
 

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Because the current one is already 'too big'.
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smaller size vs larger size #3 (permalink) Sun Apr 11, 2010 22:21 pm   smaller size vs larger size
 

Wiki hints that Lesser is usually used with material nouns (uncountables). Smaller is used with the countables. Specifically, when talking about low size or number smaller is preferred. Is that the case?
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smaller size vs larger size #4 (permalink) Mon Apr 12, 2010 0:25 am   smaller size vs larger size
 

Fewer would be the correct term for countables, at least in the UK.
The people who run most supermarkets get this incorrect, leading to checkouts which are labelled as being for "9 items or less" when it should be "9 items or fewer".
It makes me shudder!
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