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Making Sense of Grammar
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矮(ǎi) is used to describe one's height is short, the opposite meaning of which is 'tall'. While 短(duǎn) is used to describe the length of the item is short, the it's opposite meaning is 'long'.

For example,

他很矮,只有130公分。

Tā  hěn  ǎi,     zhǐyǒu   130  gōngfēn

He  very  short,   only has  130   cm

He is very short, with only 130 cm.

我的尺子很短。

Wǒde  chǐzi  hěn   duǎn

My    ruler  very   short

My ruler is very short
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