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    a question of scale

    Little did he know, it wasn't
    just a question of scale.

    plz, What does the sentence "a question of scale" mean?


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    Re: a question of scale

    Quote Originally Posted by drsamehnour View Post
    Little did he know, it wasn't
    just a question of scale.

    plz, What does the sentence "a question of scale" mean?

    In this case, it means it was not just a matter of "size" or "amount" -- or "relative size" or "relative amount." Instead of being a matter of "size," it was an issue that concerned "quality, inherent nature" rather than just "more" or "a lot."

    "The Blizzard of '78 was more than a matter of scale (that it, there was more to it than just "There was a lot of snow.") There have been other blizzards with that much snow, and even more. But the Blizzard of '78 made its huge impact because of factors unrelated to mere "inches of snow." Among those factors were ....."

    "The airplane crash was particularly devastating. It wasn't a question of scale -- in fact, "only" 143 lives were lost. Its devastating effect was not due to the number of deaths, but instead it was due to the fact that almost all the victims were schoolboys from one single school traveling to the Olympics to compete and to cheer on their classmates."

    "Little did I know that this shark's dangerousness was more than a question of scale. It wasn't only that he was the biggest Great White that had ever eaten a tourist -- he was also preternaturally intelligent! We needed a bigger boat."
    Last edited by Ann1977; 09-Oct-2009 at 18:13.

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