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    tall and high

    "High is how far from the ground (floor, sea level, whatever the basis is) you are.

    Tall refers to a big distance from bottom to top.

    If a 2.2 meter person is washing an external window on a building from scaffolding 20 meters up in the air, the tall person is high up.

    Just yesterday I said something about Mount Everest being the tallest mountain and my daughter corrected me. It's the highest peak above sea level, but if you count the mountain on the ocean floor, there are others that are taller from base to peak. "

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    I got the above old post discussing about the usage of tall and high. Shall I follow the above rules of usage?

    Tks /ju

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    Re: tall and high

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    "High is how far from the ground (floor, sea level, whatever the basis is) you are.

    Tall refers to a big distance from bottom to top.

    If a 2.2 meter person is washing an external window on a building from scaffolding 20 meters up in the air, the tall person is high up.

    Just yesterday I said something about Mount Everest being the tallest mountain and my daughter corrected me. It's the highest peak above sea level, but if you count the mountain on the ocean floor, there are others that are taller from base to peak. "
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    I got the above old post discussing about the usage of tall and high. Shall I follow the above rules of usage?

    Tks /ju
    1-Yes, I think so. As I saw in my dictionar both "a high building" and "a tall building" are correct. When you think about the top of the building and how far it is from the ground then "high" comes to your mind and when you think about it's length from the ground to the top then "tall" comes to your mind.

    2-ofcourse we don't say "he is a high person".

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