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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  30/MAI/2012 11:40 PM
Assunto:  Large versus big.

     I tinkered the title of the thread, a bit.  To me larger and big in the same sentence seems a bit awkward, or one choses "larger versus bigger" or "large versus big".


     Now to the bottom line (what matters! he he ).    However it´s difficult to

add something after the superb, to-the-point and clear-cut explanations of Fran or Dale and others here.

     Indeed the following is a bit of a search in the Web, I am with plenty in my plate right now...I agree with the authors anyway, any of you can make further corrections, tough, if any.





Big and large are used mostly with concrete nouns – the names of things you can see, touch etc.
They have a big/large house in the city.
Great is used mostly with abstract nouns - things you cannot see, touch etc.
It was a great mistake.
I have great respect for her ideas.
Big can be used with countable abstract nouns in an informal style. Large is not used with abstract nouns.
You are making a big mistake. (NOT …a large mistake.)
With uncountable concrete nouns, none of these words can be used.
You have got a lot of luggage. (NOT … big/large/great luggage.)



Of greater than average size, extent, quantity, or amount; big.
Of greater than average scope, breadth, or capacity; comprehensive.
Important; significant: had a large role in the negotiations; a large producer of paper goods.



Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large. See Synonyms at


Of great force; strong: a big wind; in a big rage.
Obsolete Of great strength.

Mature or grown-up: big enough to take the bus by herself.
Older or eldest. Used especially of a sibling: My big brother is leaving for college next week.


As you can see, it can be context-wise.




''...use of general words and colloquial terms, e.g. big instead of large, hugegiant; sad instead  of   unhappy, despondent, depressed."



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Duvidas  –  Aleph  29/MAI/2012, 3:28 PM
Duvidas  –  Fran  29/MAI/2012, 6:17 PM
larger versus big  –  Fran  29/MAI/2012, 6:20 PM
 Large versus big.  –  PPAULO  30/MAI/2012, 11:40 PM
If I can´t come these days...I´ll miss you and E  –  PPAULO  31/MAI/2012, 12:29 AM
If I can´t come these days...I´ll miss you and E  –  PPAULO  31/MAI/2012, 12:32 AM
Large versus big.  –  PPAULO  01/JUN/2012, 10:22 PM

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