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My prefix likes to compare.
My infix is fairly studious.
My suffix is rather polite.
I may be large, or I may be small.
What am I?

The suffix description was edited because "polite" seemed more appropriate than "formal"

Hint 1:

The prefix, infix and suffix do not overlap.

Hint 2:

If you want a good example of me, don't look any farther than where you're at.

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I think you are a:

community

My prefix likes to compare.

Comm is a unix command that compares two text files and displays the differences

My infix is fairly studious.

Uni, or university

My suffix is rather polite.

Ty, shorthand for thank you

I may be large, or I may be small.

Depending on who you ask, our community (Puzzling.Stackexchange) could be large or it could be small!

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  • $\begingroup$ I was hoping my last hint made it a lot easier XD. Good job, this is correct. $\endgroup$ – Colton May 8 '18 at 11:56
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I'll take a guess. Are you:

an intestine?

My prefix likes to compare.

'In' is a comparative preposition

My infix is fairly studious.

'Test' is a school exam

My suffix is rather formal.

'-ine' is a suffix of scientific classification

I may be large, or I may be small.

Referring to the small intestine and large intestine

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  • $\begingroup$ +! for a great guess, unfortunately, it's incorrect. There will be a more clear link to comparison for the prefix. $\endgroup$ – Colton May 3 '18 at 16:18
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An answer with a bit of an infix stretch:

Organisms

The comparative prefix is:

Or, as in "either x or y"

The rather formal suffix:

Ms, the title for a female

And now for the studious infix:

Ganis - this guy clearly fits the bill :)

And, of course,

Organisms can be both large (e.g. elephants) and small (e.g. bacteria).

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You are

an eraser.

My prefix likes to compare.

Er is a suffix that commonly forms comparatives.

My infix is fairly studious.

A is commonly the highest letter grade, obtainable by being studious.

My suffix is rather formal.

Ser sounds like sir, an honorific. Apparently, ser is also used in some fantasy novels as a gender-neutral version.

I may be large, or I may be small.

You come in large parallelepiped form and small pencil form.

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  • $\begingroup$ The prefix will be directly related to comparison in some way. Yours is a tad bit of a stretch, but nice answer. $\endgroup$ – Colton May 3 '18 at 17:33
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My try. Are you:

a contestant?

My prefix likes to compare.

'Con' usually means with, so you compare those you are with.

My infix is fairly studious.

'Test' is a school exam - Credit to TwoBitOperation

My suffix is rather formal.

'ant' is a suffix usually denoting someone who does something, often service. So, a formal servant.

I may be large, or I may be small.

Gymnasts are small, basketball players large.

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 for good attempt, but the suffix's link to formality will be more obvious than that. The infix, however, may be less obvious. $\endgroup$ – Colton May 3 '18 at 16:32
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It's a bit of a stretch but maybe

an Android

My prefix likes to compare.

"and" the logical conjunction that compares 2 logicacl and is true only if both are true

My infix is fairly studious.

"rho" the greek letter often used in science

My suffix is rather formal.

an "ID" is a formal document

I may be large, or I may be small.

androids are human-like robots but also the name of a smartphone OS

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, there will be a more clear link to description for the infix, but clever idea. $\endgroup$ – Colton May 3 '18 at 17:47

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