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    Question Is it good English?

    I've encountered such a sentence several times in English exam papers.

    What a table! I've never seen such a thing before. It is not half as wide as its length.

    I always feel weird when seeing the italicized part. I even can not well translate that part. Isn't it better to say "Its width is not half as long as its length"?
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    Default Re: Is it good English?

    I've encountered such a sentence several times in English exam papers.

    What a table! I've never seen such a thing before. It is not half as wide as its length.

    I always feel weird when seeing the italicized part. I even can not well translate that part. Is that part of expression good English? How do you understand it?


    It's a very awkward construction and I think should be, more correctly, "It's not half as wide as it is long".
    But a native speaker is much more likely to say something like:
    "What a table! I've never seen such a thing before. It's at least twice as long as it is wide".

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    Default Re: Is it good English?

    It seems pretty straightforward to me. It's talking about the dimensions of the table. It is apparently skinny, that is, it is not as wide as one would expect.

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