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Hi,

Can I say that “I do something in small measure.”?

For instance:

“It’s okay to watch the news these days, but you should only do it in small measure if you don’t want to feel too weighed down by negative information.”

Thank you.

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Ann225Can I say that “I do something in small measure.”?

No.

small doses

I know that ‘small doses’ can be used, but I heard this as well. The person using it must have made a mistake. Thank you.
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Ann225 I know that ‘small doses’ can be used, but I heard this as well. The person using it must have made a mistake. Thank you.

We say "in great measure" to mean "largely", but there is no counterpart "in small measure" to mean "hardly at all", and this is what is conjured by it.

What about:

"The rain only disrupted the concert in small measure."?

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Ann225

What about:

"The rain only disrupted the concert in small measure."?

No. It trespasses on the territory of "in great measure/in no small measure" and is accordingly subject to arrest by the native ear.

Then I don’t understand why a native speaker on this forum told me a while ago that it was correct.

Ann225

Then I don’t understand why a native speaker on this forum told me a while ago that it was correct.

That is the problem with the Internet, isn't it? They say no one knows you're a dog in here. I am quite bright, a 60-something lifelong speaker of American English, a copyeditor, well-read and sincere. I'm funny, too. But I could be making all that up. I could also be wrong. You will have to ask around in other forums, I guess, to verify what you see here.

"In small measure" for "scantily" is not an idiomatic expression, so it sounds like a pointless, misleading play on words because of its parallel with the real idiomatic expression "in great measure", which does not mean "abundantly". You should say what you are trying to say with "in small measure" in some different way for that reason.

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