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    "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    Hi. I have some questions about adjectives of the word "error". Could you help me, please?

    which one is correct? "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    And what about these: "a larger error" or "a greater error" or "a higher error"

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    Before anything else, could you tell me why you want to use an adjective in its comparative form?

    You can use such adjectives as minor, small, major, large, great. I don't like "a high error", although native speakers might well think of some natural examples.

    My answer is based on Oxford Collocations Dictionary that I forntunately have close at hand right now.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    I want to compare the error of two different methods.

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    A slight/serious error.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    Quote Originally Posted by sa_b View Post
    I want to compare the error of two different methods.
    Can you give us the sentence in which you wish to use the phrase?

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Can you give us the sentence in which you wish to use the phrase?
    Could you give me an advice?
    It can be seen that the first method has ("a smaller" or "a lower") error compared to second method.

    How about following sentence?
    It can be seen that the first method has ("a larger" or "a higher" or "a larger" or "a greater") error compared to second method.

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    It can be seen that the first method has a smaller/greater error than the second method.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It can be seen that the first method has a smaller/greater error than the second method.
    Thanks for your help. I have another question. Is the phrase "compared to" wrong in my sentence? Why do you replace this phrase with "than"?

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    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    Because I don't think an error can be compared to a method.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: "a smaller error" or " a lower error"

    I don't really see how one error can be smaller than another. It may be less significant. It can be seen that the second method has/displays/involves a less significant degree of error than the second.

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