I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following:

  • A regular sized text
  • A regular-sized text
  • A regularly sized text

Example of context:

Short text classification is much harder than text classification, as a short text contains fewer clues than a regular sized text.

I know I could use some post-nominal forms such as a text of regular size, but I am curious to know whether there exist some prenominal solutions.

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    To me, regularly sized sounds like it is sized on a regular basis rather than being of a regular size. – Era Mar 3 '16 at 18:35
  • If you're going to use "short" you might as well use "long". A short text contains fewer clues than the typical "long" text. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 3 '16 at 22:15

In AmE:

a text of normal size = a normal size text = a normal sized text

You could swap regular in there for normal and get along fine in the US of A.

But when you use adverbs regularly or normally, then "size/sized" does not mean "to be of a certain size" but rather "to measure the size of" or "to set the size of".

A regularly sized text is (incongruously) one whose size is regularly taken or measured.


Note that regular here is very much an American synonym for normal. But the same usage constraints apply to both, so consider this chart showing relative prevalence...

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As you can see, we don't normally use the explicitly adverbial form in prenominal contexts where the compound adjective contains a past tense verb form (sized in this case).

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