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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:37:27 AM
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Hi,

Would you use "high" or "tall" in the following?

The bottle is seven inches high/tall.

I'd appreciate your help.
tautophile
Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021 3:00:41 AM
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I would say "The bottle is seven inches tall", but "The bottle is seven inches in height"--not "...seven inches high"--is also OK. We don't often express the dimensions of a bottle in terms of height. We would more likely say it's a half-pint bottle. A two-liter bottle of soda would be described in that manner--by its volume--not as being approximately 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter and approximately a foot (30 cm) tall.
Emre Üsküplü
Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2021 3:47:10 AM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

Would you use "high" or "tall" in the following?

The bottle is seven inches high/tall.

I'd appreciate your help.
"High" is an adjective used to talk about distance above the ground. "Tall" is an adjective that means "above average height" or "with a notably high dimension."
U're not comparing anything in that sentence so you just can use "high".
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