LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|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.
Of greater than average size, extent, quantity, or amount; big.
Of considerable size, number, quantity, magnitude, or extent; large. See Synonyms at
Of great force; strong: a big wind; in a big rage.
Mature or grown-up: big enough to take the bus by herself.
As you can see, it can be context-wise.
''...use of general words and colloquial terms, e.g. big instead of large, huge, giant; sad instead of unhappy, despondent, depressed."
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