"O tamanho é preciso."

Translation:The size is accurate.

February 9, 2013



In english "accurate" and "precise" have distinct and complementary meanings (especially in science) -- are there equivalent distinctions in portuguese? [Accurate means factually correct - Precise means measured with great fidelity - something can be accurate, but not precise; precise but not accurate; both; or neither]

June 3, 2014


Yes, when we talk in science terms:

accurate - exato (accuracy - exatidão)
precise - preciso (precision - precisão)

although it's easy to confuse them in colloquial speech.

June 3, 2014


Thanks djeidot! :)

June 3, 2014


None of the hover words for preciso are even close.

February 9, 2013


Report it when you see that with the other button, don't post in here please

April 24, 2013


I take it that the word, "tamanho", is the new word for this lesson?

December 16, 2013


I have not heard that word before

January 9, 2014


Tamanho was one of the words in the size lesson :)

March 28, 2014


that's what she said

September 13, 2015


Could one also say : "the size is... A)" just right" ? B) "correct"? C) "precise"?

April 16, 2014


Yes. "Precise" is a synonym of "accurate", so it works as a direct translation of "preciso". "just right" and "correct" are equivalent expressions, they're not direct translations (so there's a possibility of Duolingo not accepting them) but they work.

May 4, 2014


Are they really synonyms? I don't think so. One can be precise but inaccurate, or inaccurate but precise. If your age is exactly 35 years and 112 days, and it is reported as being 33 years and 45 days, this would be inaccurate but precise. If I said that I have around $10000, and I really have $10135, this would be accurate but imprecise.

March 24, 2016


I agree that the mathematical terms "precise" and "accurate" have different meanings, but in colloquial speaking people often confuse them, so if anyone told me "the size (e.g. of this t-shirt) is precise" I would assume they meant accurate.

April 24, 2016


I've just consulted the dictionary, with which I will not argue. You are correct, and I retract my statement.

April 25, 2016


The size is accurate, just doesn't ring true as a sentence a natural English speaker would say.

  • The size is (just) right.
December 9, 2016
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