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    Question which height?

    Hi,

    This time I have an easy question, I think. If a plant is tall, how can say it using the construction "it was characterized by *** height", where this *** is to be a word to explain that the plant was tall?

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    Re: which height?

    I have never seen it expressed in that way. "This plant is usually/generally/characteristically xxx cms high/in height"

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    Re: which height?

    All I can think of is, "It was characterized by added height." In other words, it was taller than expected, or taller by comparison / in comparison to other like plants.

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    Re: which height?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I have never seen it expressed in that way. "This plant is usually/generally/characteristically xxx cms high/in height"
    But sometimes I (or someone else) want to say this in a list of some characteristics, like in the sentence:
    "Plants of this rice genotype are characterized by this, this, this, and THIS", where this THIS is supposed to express that they're high. Any clue for this?

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    Re: which height?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    All I can think of is, "It was characterized by added height." In other words, it was taller than expected, or taller by comparison / in comparison to other like plants.
    The point is, it's tall normally, so that's why it is characterized by... this something. Maybe simply "it's characterized by tall plants"? Simply and seems to solve the problem. Does it read well?

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    Re: which height?

    Does tall plants read well? No. Why not go for the "easy" answer: it's characterized by its height. That says it all.

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    Re: which height?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Does tall plants read well? No. Why not go for the "easy" answer: it's characterized by its height. That says it all.
    Nope, it doesn't. Before this sentence the reader has no idea that these plants are tall. And the reader has no idea how they are whatsoever. So I am writing the sentence, "the plants are characterized by...", and want to add this piece of information on their height. That there are tall. So I simply need to express it clearly; it's easy to add a separate sentence, but it's neither elegant nor concise. So that is why I'd like to compose a sentence with all this plant's characteristics in a single sentence.

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    Re: which height?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Hi,

    This time I have an easy question, I think. If a plant is tall, how can say it using the construction "it was characterized by *** height", where this *** is to be a word to explain that the plant was tall?

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    great height? extreme height? excessive* height?

    *Note: excessive isn't the same as excess.

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    Re: which height?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    great height? extreme height? excessive* height?

    *Note: excessive isn't the same as excess.

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    Extreme and excessive would say too much, I think; the plants are just tall; is "great" indeed fine here? Does not "great height of a plant" say more than "a plant is tall"?

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    Re: which height?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Extreme and excessive would say too much, I think; the plants are just tall; is "great" indeed fine here? Does not "great height of a plant" say more than "a plant is tall"?

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    Yes. I was treating this as a 'supply a word that can fit in the gap' problem. If the plant is simply tall you could say 'characterized by a certain tallness', but it would be much more normal to say 'quite tall'

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