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    Default small/big/large class ?

    A class with a few students can be called "a small class" ? And a class with many students "a big/large class" ?

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    Default Re: small/big/large class ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    And a class with many students "a big/large class" ?
    Both of them can be used. 'Large' is slightly more formal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    A class with a few students can be called "a small class" ? And a class with many students "a big/large class" ?
    You can not think of large or big which are opposite of small. When small is used to describe the size of a class with a few students, it is better to link size with small with a hyphen to make one word adjective; as:
    A Small-size class with fewer than 10 students.

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    Default Re: small/big/large class ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    You can not think of large or big which are opposite of small. When small is used to describe the size of a class with a few students, it is better to link size with small with a hyphen to make one word adjective; as:
    A Small-size class with fewer than 10 students.
    Is there an adjective which can be used instead of "small-size" ?

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    Default Re: small/big/large class ?

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    To my ear, "a small class" and "a big class" fit best, and are what I use/hear normally. "A large class" would be fine too.

    I don't really understand the need for 'small-size'. What else would the 'small' be referring to apart from the size?

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    Default Re: small/big/large class ?

    I agree. One year we were lucky and there were only 17 students in my daughter's class. The teacher had a small class. This year, there are 27. It's a large class. No need for "size."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Exclamation Re: small/big/large class ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    (Not a teacher)

    To my ear, "a small class" and "a big class" fit best, and are what I use/hear normally. "A large class" would be fine too.

    I don't really understand the need for 'small-size'. What else would the 'small' be referring to apart from the size?
    Small-size class was only a suggestion, otherwise a class with a few students (small in number) can be termed as a small class. However ‘size’ is used to explain the utility of smallness related to methods of teaching, as in this site: Small-Size Classes (A-46)

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