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Autor:  pat
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Data:  09/NOV/2003 4:58 PM
Assunto:  Re: Big, large, small, little
 
Mensagem:  Generally speaking, they are quite interchangeable. In the case of small and little, native speakers sometimes use both in a description: "I have a small, little box for my keep-sakes". Also, as you probably know, there are some cases where one or the other sounds strange. 'Little' is always used to describe time, not: "I have small time left". Oddly, though there is a term often used - 'small-time', as in: "he's a small-time businessman". It's the opposite of 'big-time', as in: "you've made it to the big-time, kid". Little is usually more used than small to describe abstracts: 'little hope', 'little intelligence', 'little thought', 'little love', etc. On the converse side, neither big nor large are often used to describe such things, rather 'a lot of' or 'much' are used. Espero ter ajuda-te.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Big, large, small, little  –  fabiana  09/NOV/2003, 3:23 AM
 Re: Big, large, small, little  –  pat  09/NOV/2003, 4:58 PM
Re: Big, large, small, little  –  helcio  09/NOV/2003, 8:32 PM

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