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    #1

    to be average height

    Hello.

    Please read the sentences below.

    Michael and David met when the two boys played Little League baseball together. Baseball, not basketball, was Michael's first love. He was average high for his age and found that baseball was better than basketball for his skills.



    These are part of a passage which appeared on the entrance exam of a Japanese high school. Students/Examinees are asked to change the underlined word ('high') into the suitable form.

    I think it should be changed to "height", but I'm not very confident. Is "to be average height" correct English?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: to be average height

    It's more normal to be of average height, as this Ngram shows,

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    #3

    Re: to be average height

    Yes. Absolutely. Eventually you will reach a point where you will "put" the right word where it is supposed to be, and you might not even notice what word is actually there.

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    #4

    Re: to be average height

    "Average height" is a noun, not an adjective.
    By right, a person can't be average height.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: to be average height

    "(Be) average high" is so unnatural that it doesn't even register on the ngram radar. To me, it's incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: to be average height

    I agree.

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    #7

    Re: to be average height

    A person who is six feet tall is above average in height.

    (it's probably more usual to say "taller than average".)

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    Re: to be average height

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    "(Be) average high" is so unnatural that it doesn't even register on the ngram radar. To me, it's incorrect.
    It's meant to be incorrect. The test question asks the examinee to replace "high" with the correct word.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: to be average height

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "Average height" is a noun, not an adjective.
    By right, a person can't be average height.
    I cannot agree with this. A person can be [of] average height to me. It is not wrong without of IMO.

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    #10

    Re: to be average height

    I'm with Tdol on that one.

    How tall is he?
    He's average height.
    He's of average height.

    I wouldn't use "of" there in normal, everyday speech.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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