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<p>I'm a paragraph with no font size set. Therefore, I take on the font size of my parent element, body.</p>
<p id="em1">I'm a paragraph that's 1.5x the font size of my parent element, body. <span id="em2">And I'm a span element that's 1.5x the font size of my parent element, p.</span></p>