Which one of them is grammatically correct?

  1. a lump the size of a golf ball
  2. a lump of the size of a golf ball
  3. a golf-ball-sized lump

Which one of them is used more in daily language specifically in UK ?

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    Both (1) and (3) are idiomatic in British English. I would hazard a guess that (1) might be more common in spoken language. Oct 25 '20 at 10:51

All three choices are grammatical although I'm unsure about the hyphenation in 3. I might write it as "a golf ball-sized lump". As to which one I would prefer, it's a toss up between 1 and 3, I found the following excerpts on the Internet

Colon polyps are clumps of cells that form on the lining of the colon. They range in size from smaller than a pea to the size of a golf ball.

After an initial diagnosis of mild irritable bowel syndrome, a follow-up colonoscopy found a golf ball-sized tumor in the bend of Duff's colon.

Doctors estimated my golf ball sized tumor had been growing for upwards of five or more years.

My son has been getting allergy shots for about a year now. He is on a 2 week schedule now. […]He sometimes gets a lump on his arm the size of a golf ball.

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    I find (2) awkward'; it has too many 'of's. Oct 25 '20 at 11:02
  • @MichaelHarvey You're right, I meant 1 and 3. Thanks for heads-up
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 25 '20 at 11:06

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