Which is correct:
"smaller depth" or "less depth"?

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smaller depth

This phrase is correct when comparing the depth of two or more objects.

Use "smaller depth" when you are comparing the depth of two or more objects and want to indicate that one has a lesser depth than the others.

Examples:

  • The smaller depth of the pool makes it safer for children.
  • The smaller depth of the cabinet allows it to fit in tight spaces.

Alternatives:

  • shallower depth
  • lesser depth

less depth

This phrase is correct when referring to a reduced amount or degree of depth.

Use "less depth" when you want to convey that there is a decrease in the amount or degree of depth.

Examples:

  • The excavation resulted in less depth than anticipated.
  • The painting gives the illusion of less depth than it actually has.

Alternatives:

  • reduced depth
  • decreased depth
Both "smaller depth" and "less depth" are grammatically correct, but they are used in different contexts. "Smaller depth" is used when comparing the depth of two or more objects, while "less depth" is used when referring to a reduced amount or degree of depth.

Last updated: March 25, 2024

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