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    how to put it in English

    Hi,

    Please take a look at the part in red:
    (1) Only one small bag per person please. The bag must be no bigger than the hand-luggage normally allowed on a plane.
    (T. Pyle, An Exclusive Affair)

    I'd like you to help us put the idea of the part in question in English.

    I think both (2) and (3) are good candidates for the purpose here.

    (2) be equal to or smaller than
    (3) not exceed in size

    Do you agree?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

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    Re: how to put it in English

    Yes, but you think those are more simple than "no bigger than"?
    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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    Re: how to put it in English

    Dear Barb_D

    I appreciate your help and comments.

    Seiichi MYOGA

    Curiously, grammar books (if any) mention something like this:
    (i) We expected their house to be very big, but it's no bigger than our. or ... it isn't any bigger than ours. (=not even a little bigger). (Murphy 2004:212)

    So learners may know that "no bigger than" may mean there is no difference in size between the two being compared.
    But somehow, grammar books keep silent about another use of "no bigger than." That's the very reason learners are confused about its real use.

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    Re: how to put it in English

    But somehow, grammar books keep silent about another use of "no bigger than."
    What is another use of "no bigger than"?

    These are all the same:
    It is no bigger than ours.
    It's not bigger than ours.
    It isn't any bigger than ours.

    In each case, it may be the same size, or it may be smaller. The only thing it may not be is bigger.
    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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    Re: how to put it in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    (2) be equal to or smaller than
    (3) not exceed in size
    What's the difference?

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