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    more weight or heavier weight

    To my great surprise, sleeping less leads to_____weight rather than less,
    A. more D. heavier

    So heavier weight is not a natural collocation, is it?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason

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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    No, it isn't.

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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    To my great surprise, sleeping less leads to_____weight rather than less,
    A. more D. heavier

    So heavier weight is not a natural collocation, is it?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason

    You'd use 'more' weight.

    And I don't think so.
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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    So weight is collocated with "much, more, less", isn't it?

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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    You can use "heavier weight" when the weight is a concrete thing - an item used in weight lifting. I'm getting stronger. I need to start using a heavier weight when I do this exercise.
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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    So weight is collocated with "much, more, less", isn't it?
    Generally, yes. However, the clue to the correct answer in the first post was the presence of "... rather than less" at the end. If the original statement had read:

    To my great surprise, sleeping less leads to ________ weight rather than lighter

    ... then you would have chosen "heavier" because it is the opposite of "lighter". However, "more" and "less" are the appropriate choices here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Generally, yes. However, the clue to the correct answer in the first post was the presence of "... rather than less" at the end. If the original statement had read:

    To my great surprise, sleeping less leads to ________ weight rather than lighter

    ... then you would have chosen "heavier" because it is the opposite of "lighter". However, "more" and "less" are the appropriate choices here.
    If the original statement had read that, I would have thought it very odd. Come to think of it, even the 'correct' version with more seems strange. How can sleeping lead to more weight?

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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If the original statement had read that, I would have thought it very odd. Come to think of it, even the 'correct' version with more seems strange. How can sleeping lead to more weight?
    I think the idea is that being sedentary for a longer period of time (sleeping more) would be thought of to increase weight gain.

    But, apparently, those who sleep less gain more weight. So, snooze on!

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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    Yes, recent studies have shown that people who sleep for fewer than (I think) six hours per night are more likely to gain weight easily and to remain overweight.
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    Re: more weight or heavier weight

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    But, apparently, those who sleep less gain more weight. So, snooze on!
    Does this work after a particularly good dinner?

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