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The tallest girl in her class may stop growing at fifteen and find herself less than average in height. Please suggest the sense of the sentence find herself less than average in height.

My different opinions about the meaning of this sentence are:

1.The tallest girl see that she was not tall any more.

2.The tallest girl see that she was not tallest in her class as usual.

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    to find him|herself + {complement} = to discover that he|she is + {complement}
    – TimR
    Oct 5, 2016 at 13:41

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You're mostly correct.

However, to be more precise, if she is "less than average," she would be below average--in the bottom 50% height-wise. In other words, once she stops growing, she may find herself among the shorter students in the class.

adverb, 1. to a smaller extent, amount, or degree: less exact. 2. most certainly not (often preceded by much or still): He could barely pay for his own lodging, much less for that of his friend. 3. in any way different; other: He is nothing less than a thief.

adjective, 4. smaller in size, amount, degree, etc.; not so large, great, or much: less money; less speed. 5. lower in consideration, rank, or importance: no less a person than the manager 6. fewer: less than a dozen

noun 7. a smaller amount or quantity: Hundreds of soldiers arrived, but less of them remained. 8. something inferior or not as important: He was tortured for less.

preposition 9. minus; without: a year less two days; six dollars less tax.

Idioms 10. less than, by far short of being; not in the least; hardly at all: The job is less than perfect.

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