I'm hesitating between these two and I don't know which one is more correct: wider width or larger width?

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    I would say "greater". (Unless it's a kitchen utensil, in which case I'd use "grater".)
    – Hot Licks
    Jul 17, 2019 at 21:08
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    It's hard to tell which would be better when we can't see the whole sentence.
    – J.R.
    Jul 17, 2019 at 21:09
  • Would you please provide more detail and some examples of usage? What research have you done prior to asking this question? Jul 17, 2019 at 22:37

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Google Books evidence shows a preference of larger vs wider, but both are correct.

From: Journal of the Optical Society of America.

Width affected only the accuracy of the slope estimate (accuracy was better for the smaller width) and the bias of the width estimate (bias was smaller for the larger width).

From: Wider Buses and the Interstate Highway System,

There should be no decision on this measure until a full study is completed. Then, if the wider width is found to be safe — which we doubt at this time — action could be taken.

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    Seems like greater width is even more prevalent.
    – J.R.
    Jul 17, 2019 at 21:08
  • Both are used though, depending on context. Jul 17, 2019 at 21:18

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