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    #1

    medium size

    Which one do you think is more correct?

    he is of a medium size

    he is medium size

    thank you

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    #2

    Re: medium size

    How about: He was medium sized.

    (Don't forget that you must start your sentences with a capital letter.)
    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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    #3

    Re: medium size

    I think if I was describing someone, I'd be more likely to talk about height and build:

    He was of average build / His build was average
    He was of average height / His height was average

    and I'd probably use 'average' instead of 'medium'. The problem if you said 'medium sized' is that I wouldn't be completely clear whether you were talking about the person's build or height. I don't think, if I was talking to the police and describing two bank robbers, one 1.85m and the other 1.55m tall and both with an average build, I'd say: 'They were both medium sized.'

    However, the jacket wrestled off the back one of the robbers as he struggled to flee the scene might be medium-sized, their getaway car might be a medium-sized saloon and they might have been spotted each eating a medium-sized burger and fries at McDonald's a couple of hours after the robbery.

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