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    viet_ghat is offline Junior Member
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    He is a large man.
    He is a big man.
    He is a great mean.

    What is the difference in meaning among these sentences?

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    Default Re: large/big/great

    Big and large both refer to physical size, so the first two are very close in meaning. Great usally refers to importance; Napoleon Bonaparte and Admiral Lord Nelson were both great men who were quite small.

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    My last post was a bit 'modern-Eurocentric', but there are any number of other examples - Alexander the Great (certainly small), Philip of Macedon (quite small. I think), Julius Caesar.... And most people wouldn't be happy with calling Adolf Hitler 'great', but he was a great demagogue.

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    I believe Genghis Khan was not big.

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