Hello there

I'd like to know if it's correct to say :

1. The two products are of the same size.

2. The two products are the same size.

3. The two products have the same size.

4. The two products are of different sizes. 

5. The two products are in different sizes. 

6. The two products have different sizes.

Thanks a lot. Happy Easter   

Original Post

Thanks a lot for your prompt reply, David. 

1. Can I regard sentences 1-3 interchangeable and 4-6 the same? 

2. I was thinking 'sentence 2' could be wrong because 'size' is just one of the characteristics of the products. Writing "The two products are the same size" seems to put an equal sign between "the two products" and "the same size", which sounds wrong to me. I hope I did express myself clearly and please comment.

3. If I change the word 'size / sizes' to 'quality / qualities', are they still correct?

Thanks a lot.

Cheers

 

 

taiman posted:

1. Can I regard sentences 1-3 interchangeable and 4-6 the same?

Hello again, Taiman,

Sentence (5) is not interchangeable with (4) or (6). Moreover, (5) is the weirdest sentence in the batch. Normally, we would use the verb "come" there: "The two products come in different sizes." The sentence means that each product has a variety of sizes.

taiman posted:

2. I was thinking 'sentence 2' could be wrong because 'size' is just one of the characteristics of the products. Writing "The two products are the same size" seems to put an equal sign between "the two products" and "the same size", which sounds wrong to me. I hope I did express myself clearly and please comment.

Sentence (2) means that the size of each is the same. If it helps you, you can think of "of" as elided in (2). It is a very natural sentence and not to be regarded as incorrect. If you're inclined to consider it incorrect, you should consider that you haven't discovered the proper analysis.

taiman posted:
3. If I change the word 'size / sizes' to 'quality / qualities', are they still correct?

Why would you want to make that change?

Normally, we would use the verb "come" there: "The two products come in different sizes."

That's a nice change, David. I've been also thinking of this other choice:

- The two products are available in different sizes.

taiman posted:
3. If I change the word 'size / sizes' to 'quality / qualities', are they still correct?

Why would you want to make that change?

I guess Taiman might want to know if we can grammatically use the word "quality/qualities" in the same sentences (with an evident change of meaning). I think you will agree the answer is affirmative.

1'. The two products are of the same quality.

2'. The two products are the same quality. (This is the only one that sounds a bit weird to me.)

3'. The two products have the same quality.

4'. The two products are of different qualities

5'. The two products come in different qualities

6'. The two products have different qualities. (This is ambiguous, as "qualities" may refer to their degree of excellence or to their properties or features.)

Gustavo, Contributor posted:

2'. The two products are the same quality. (This is the only one that sounds a bit weird to me.)

Very nice variations, Gustavo. I agree with you that (2') sounds weird. While it is possible to use "of the same quality" (as in (1')) instead, here's what I would say:

(2'') The two products are the same in quality.

With "size," however, even though "are of the same size" and "are the same in size" are possible, native speakers use "are the same size" so frequently that, if nothing else, it must be deemed idiomatically correct. We also see the same type of thing in the extremely common sentence "Pick on someone your own size." While it is possible to say "Pick on someone of your own size," most people don't.

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