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    four sizes too small

    his feet were agony in shoes four sizes too
    small.

    What is "four sizes too small" meaning? .

    Thank you a lot.

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    Re: four sizes too small

    If your shoe size is 11, and you are wearing shoes that are size 7, they are four sizes too small.

    I can't even imagine getting your feet to fit into shoes that small. One or two sizes, yes, and very uncomfortable, but four sizes? My feet wouldn't fit into the shoes at all.
    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: four sizes too small

    Shoes are generally sold in different sizes, designated by numbers. In the UK, and the US, men's shoe sizes run from around size 5 (for very small feet) to size 13 or so (for very large feet). A size 10 shoe fits my feet comfortably. A size 9 shoe would be one size too small (ten minus nine), and so on down to a size 6 shoe, which would certainly be (ten minus six) four sizes too small for me.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Jan-2015 at 23:01. Reason: Fixing typo.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: four sizes too small

    Thank you very much.
    so "...SIZES TOO SMALL" is an idiom?. Can I say "... SIZES TOO BIG" vice versa?.

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    Re: four sizes too small

    It's not an idiom at all. It's just how we describe the difference between two sizes in the context of shoe sizes. Yes, he could have been wearing shoes that were four sizes too big.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: four sizes too small

    Dear, Teacher.
    Does it have a structure?, I'm unfamiliar with it.

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    Re: four sizes too small

    Quote Originally Posted by whocanhelpme View Post
    His feet were in agony in shoes four sizes too small.

    What is does "four sizes too small" mean?ing? .

    Thank you very much/Thanks a lot.
    Quote Originally Posted by whocanhelpme View Post
    Thank you very much.
    So is "... SIZES TOO SMALL" is an idiom? Can I say "... SIZES TOO BIG"? vice versa?. (We don't put a full stop after a question mark.)
    Quote Originally Posted by whocanhelpme View Post
    Dear (no comma here) teacher.
    Does it have a structure? (No comma here) I'm unfamiliar with it.
    Please see my corrections to your three posts in this thread. Remember to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Always capitalise the word "I".
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.

    We say "Thank you very much", "Thanks very much" or "Thanks a lot". We don't say "Thank you a lot".

    Are you asking us to analyse "four sizes too big" for you?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: four sizes too small

    Thank you very much. I'm very glad when you help me check my errors. I'm very bad in writing.
    You are so kind and beautiful. Yes, please help me.

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    Re: four sizes too small

    You've never seen me. How do you know I'm beautiful?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: four sizes too small

    I see your beautiful soul. For me, who is kind, he is beautiful. I don't know the way to write well. I very hate myself for this. Please help me, teacher.

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