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    #1

    She is 20 centimeters smaller than he is.

    Hello.

    One of my students wrote:

    She is 20 centimeters smaller than he is.


    I know the following sentences are correct:

    She is shorter/smaller/taller than he is.
    She is 20 centimeters shorter/taller than he is.


    However, I'm not sure about 'She is 20 centimeters smaller ...' Is it acceptable?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: She is 20 centimeters smaller than he is.

    It's not colloquial. Stick to 'shorter'.

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    #3

    Re: She is 20 centimeters smaller than he is.

    I cannot imagine a person is '20 cm smaller' than another person.

    not a teacher

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    #4

    Re: She is 20 centimeters smaller than he is.

    We refer to babies as being big and small.

    She gave birth to a really big baby.
    She had a really small baby.
    My sister had a normal-size baby. The next day, my aunt gave birth but her baby was much smaller.

    Once a child is able to stand up, we start using "height" terms - tall and short.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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