The shirts are the size XXL

The shirts are of the size XXL

The shirts are in size XXL.

Is there any difference between three sentences? If there are differences I couldn’t understand what are those?

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    The first two aren't right. The third one is alright, but a more common alternative would be 'The shirts are size XXL' although I am struggling to think of the difference between those. – Jacob Lee-Hart Jan 24 at 17:42
  • All a grammatically correct but some are less likely than others in ordinary usage. As Jacob Lee-Hart says, “The shirts are size XXL” would be the most likely version in my usage. There is another alternative too, “The shirts are in a size XXL.” – Orbital Aussie Jan 24 at 21:36

I agree with @JacobLee-Hart that the only correct sentences are:

(1) The shirts are size XXL.

(2) The shirts are in size XXL.

The difference between (1) and (2) is that (1) specifies the size of certain shirts while (2) indicates the size in which they are available.

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  • You might also hear “The shirts are sized XXL.” – Greg Bacon Jan 26 at 2:28

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