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    Question Bigger vs. larger

    Is bigger an informal word? Some my friends suggest to use it for cows or buildings (for instance), but not, for instance, for values of some parameters. In such a case they suggest to use larger. Are they right?

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    Re: Bigger vs. larger

    Large means "very big". So you may say "a large house", implying the house is bigger than usual. And a large guy is either fat or giant.

    You can use large for numbers: a large number of people...

    And sometimes for amount or quantity: the largest investigation...

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    Re: Bigger vs. larger

    It's not really a question of formality, but colloacation.

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    Re: Bigger vs. larger

    Please allow me to pop in with some more suggestions.

    In maths, the sign '>' is pronounced 'greater than', so speaking of certain parameters' values you might consider using that expression. In analytical (financial, economic, etc.) reports, the adjective 'higher' is commonly used instead of 'bigger' or 'larger' when comparing specific values, such as rates, e.g. 'a higher interest rate applies to this transaction', similarly in sciences: 'a higher velocity'.

    Hope this helps.

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    Question Re: Bigger vs. larger

    Hi All:
    And which word is better to pronounce the sign "<" (in general, for numbers and values of variables), "smaller than" or "lower than"?

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    Nyggus


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    Re: Bigger vs. larger

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus
    Hi All:
    And which word is better to pronounce the sign "<" (in general, for numbers and values of variables), "smaller than" or "lower than"?

    Thanks,
    Nyggus
    "Less than"

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