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    Apples Are/Run Large

    I have a question about the usage of the verb "run" compared to the verb "be":

    1. This year's apples are large.
    2. This year's apples run large.
    How are "be" and "run" different in this context?

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    Re: Apples Are/Run Large

    I find the use of "run" in that context rather unnatural. I would expect to hear it in something like this:

    Jane: What size shoes do you wear?
    Helen: Normally a size 5. However, if I buy shoes in Braxman Shoes, I get a 4 because the shoes in there run large.

    Note that in BrE, it's more common to say "the shoes come up large" in the shoe context.

    For apples, I would use "The apples are large" or "The apples grow large".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Apples Are/Run Large

    I found a similar use of "run" on Amazon.com. On the webpages of some clothing items, customers would comment about the fit of the item:

    1. It runs large.
    or

    2. It runs small.
    Maybe it is clothing jargon?

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    Re: Apples Are/Run Large

    I think it is.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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