size collocations

size collocations


Over the last ten years, the village has greatly increased in size. In fact, the population has almost doubled.

The wood needs to be cut to size before it is nailed into place.

The eggs of this bird vary in size from 5 to 10 cms.

In the factory, the fruit is stored into different sizes by machine.

A college principal can earn anywhere between 35,000$ and 100,000$ a year, depending on the size of the college.

Radiotherapy has managed to shrink the tumour to the size of a pea.

People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. If you don’t believe me, come to my exercise class!

I think the next time I buy trousers, I’ll need to go up a size. I’ve put on some weight.


sheer size

The sheer size of the country makes it difficult to govern.

small size

Despite its small size, the car is surprisingly comfortable.

handy size

This bag is a handy size for carrying my sports equipment.

maximum size

These plants grow to a maximum size of 50 cms in two years.

normal size

When I was stung by a bee, my foot swelled up to twice its normal size.

actual size

There was a life-size modal of Napoleon at the exhibition which showed the actual size of the man. I never realized how small he was.

good size

The bathroom is a bit small, but the kitchen is a good size.

manageable size

Our house is quite a manageable size. Some people think it’s too big.

standard size

Paper comes in standard sizes.

great size

The great size of the Palace is what makes it so impressive.

collar size

What’s your collar size?

>My shirts are usually 15s.

half size

This is a lovely flat. Mine is only half the size!

my size

Did you find a new skirt?

>No, I couldn’t find one in my size that I liked.

your size

I’m sorry I don’t have any your size in stock at the moment.

several size

This pullover isn’t just too big. It’s several sizes too big. I don’t know why you bought it!

up to size

Have you got a size 16?

>I’m sorry, this style only goes up to size 12.

take size

What size of battery does it take?

>I think it takes those double As.

French size

If it’s a French 85, that means it’s a UK size 32.



  • Note the following expressions:

The towns are similar in size, but different in character.

  • Note the following verb collocations:

In my opinion, reducing the size of classes would improve educational standards.

The company has had a successful year and has decided to increase the size of its workforce.

  • Note the following comparisons:

Their house is about the same size as ours.

The wheels are different in size / different sizes.

The planet Venus is roughly the same size as the Earth.

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