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    Default Re: medium-sized / middle-sized

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    I couldn't find any definite distinction between the two and I see it's not obvious to NESs either. It might well be that it's a matter of collocates. MacMillan and Oxford seem to support what bhai said, that middle-sized is more common in AmE:
    Oxford-midsize, MacMillan-middle-sized

    Middle-sized can also be shortened to (acc. to those dictionaries): mid-sized, midsized, midsize.
    I do not believe that bhaisahab said that middle-sized is more common in AmE; it is not. I have usually heard both medium-sized and mid-sized, but middle-sized only in the context that BobK suggests.

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    Default Re: medium-sized / middle-sized

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I do not believe that bhaisahab said that middle-sized is more common in AmE; it is not. I have usually heard both medium-sized and mid-sized, but middle-sized only in the context that BobK suggests.
    I didn't say that middle-sized is more common in AmE. I said, "I think in BrE it's much more common to say "medium-sized".

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    Default Re: medium-sized / middle-sized

    Oops. Apologies, a faulty assumption.

    Having seen midsize/midsized marked in the dictionary as chiefly North American, I extended it over middle-sized and then over what bhai said, and I ended up with:

    '* I think in BrE it's much more common to say medium-sized '(much more common than in AmE),'' while what he was saying was,
    'I think in BrE it's much more common to say medium-sized' (rather than middle-sized).

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    Default Re: medium-sized / middle-sized

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Unfortunately ESL is commercial and largely unregulated. Get monkeys to write tests, pay them peanuts, make more money.
    They will almost surely produce a fine test eventually.

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