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    Is it "it" or "one"?

    Hi,
    Please take a look at this:
    (i) The kit [=The portable fly tying kit] should be no bigger than a briefcase. Any larger, you'll never bring it along; any smaller, it won't hold the necessary materials.         (Field & Stream Apr. 1994)


    Imagine we are asked to add something after "Any larger."

    Then which do you think is the right form?

    (2) a. Any larger than one,
    b. Any larger than it,


    I think it should be (2a).
    Do you agree?


    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

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    Re: Is it "it" or "one"?

    Yes, though there is absolutely no need for it.

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    Re: Is it "it" or "one"?

    You can also say "Any smaller than that and it won't hold the necessary materials".

    Any larger/smaller than one = Any larger/smaller than a briefcase
    Any larger/smaller than that = Any larger/smaller than that size (the size of a briefcase)

    As 5jj said, nothing is actually required after "Any larger".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Jul-2012 at 08:50. Reason: Mixed up my larger and smaller!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is it "it" or "one"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can also say "Any smaller than that and it won't hold the necessary materials".

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    Re: Is it "it" or "one"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    You can also say "Any
    smaller
    than that and it won't hold the necessary materials

    Thank you. I mixed the two halves of the sentence up and ended up, as frequently happens, with complete nonsense! I have corrected my original.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is it "it" or "one"?

    Dear all,

    I appreciate your help and comments.

    I think this is most helpful to learners:
    Any larger/smaller than that = Any larger/smaller than that size (the size of a briefcase)
    The reason I confined the possibilities just to "it" or "one" is that what I wanted to see was whether the indefinite article indicates a type or token:
    Cf. I want to marry an American. She is very beautiful.
    I want to marry an American if I can find one.

    Seiichi MYOGA

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