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The government funds program covers relatively small percentage of people.
The government funds program covers relatively smaller percentage of people.

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Re: relatively small vs realtively smaller [#permalink]

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I'd prefer a slightly modified version of the first sentence, to include indefinite article:

The government funds program covers a relatively small percentage of people.

A comparative adjective like smaller should be used only if there is a comparison in the sentence; and in that case, the sentence should also include the word than.
Re: relatively small vs realtively smaller   [#permalink] 09 Sep 2012, 09:58
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