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    #1

    "Big" is also possible?

    Hi,
    Let me ask about the part in red below:
    (1) Sometimes it is convenient to have a notation that means that a is no larger than b. The notation used for this is a≦b (read: a is less than or equal to b).
    (L.J. Goldstein et al, Finite Mathematics and Its Applications)

    "Large" and "big" are sometimes used without any significant difference in meaning. I wonder if, as far as (1) is concerned, the same thing holds true.

    Do you think we can safely replace the word "larger" with the word "bigger"?
    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

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    Re: "Big" is also possible?

    Hi,

    In my opinion, it works for (1).

    I found this: BBC World Service | Learning English | Ask about English, which may help you.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: "Big" is also possible?

    Dear charliedeut and Gillnetter,

    I appreciate your help and comments.

    Seiichi MYOGA

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