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    modest

    Hi.
    a modest increase is an increase by a small amount or not a very big increase?

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    Re: modest

    Small is not very big.

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    Re: modest

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Small is not very big.
    Moderate is bigger than small but not very big too

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    Re: modest

    A modest increase is small.

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    Re: modest

    A moderate increase is moderate, bigger than a small increase and smaller than a large or big increase. That about covers it I think.

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    Re: modest

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    A moderate increase is moderate, bigger than a small increase and smaller than a large or big increase. That about covers it I think.
    What are you getting at?What covers what?

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    #7

    Re: modest

    Modest = small. This does not equal "moderate," "big," or "very big."

    That means that small/modest, moderate, and big are all included in not "very big."

    If you say "It wasn't very big" your listener does not know if you simply mean "any possibilty other than 'very big' including moderate and big" or if you're using deliberate understatement to mean "small."
    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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