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    Question on 'short, small, and little'.

    Hi teachers,
    Can we say with no difference in meaning?
    a) She is short.
    b) She is small.
    c) She is little.

    Does 'little' have a more emotional positive meaning?



    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Question on 'short, small, and little'.

    Without further context, they mean the same.

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    Re: Question on 'short, small, and little'.

    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    What about?
    a) She has a small apartment.
    b) She has a little apartment.

    Isn't 'b' more positive emotionally speaking than 'a'?
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    So I can say, 'The opposite of tall is smal, short, and little, can't I?'

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    Re: Question on 'short, small, and little'.

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Isn't 'b' more positive emotionally speaking than 'a'?
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I don't read it that way. Without further context, they sound identical to me.

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    Re: Question on 'short, small, and little'.

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    If asked, out of context, what the opposite of each word is, I would reply as follows:

    tall: short
    big: small (or maybe little)
    large: small

    small: big (or maybe large)
    short: tall
    little: big

    I think there are "proper" lists of opposites, but not being a teacher, I don't have one to reference

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    Re: Question on 'short, small, and little'.

    Hi,
    Thank for all your replies.

    Best,
    L54

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    Re: Question on 'short, small, and little'.

    Hi teachers:
    Do you agree with these definitions?
    Small and little are both adjectives. We use small to talk about the size of something.
    Your cat is very small.
    Can I have two small pizzas please?

    We can use little to refer to size, but we usually use it with another adjective to express an emotion.
    You're a silly little boy.
    Nobody's looking after that poor little dog.

    Thanks

    Last edited by learning54; 03-Mar-2012 at 09:02.

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