Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. englishhobby's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 1,681
    #1

    She has big/large eyes.

    Is there any difference between big and large in this sentence?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    No.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #3

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    I would use "big." Unless I am performing an autopsy.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,910
    #4

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    Not really- it might depend on the type of eyes she has.

  3. englishhobby's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jun 2009
    • Posts: 1,681
    #5

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    So there IS a difference?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

  4. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #6

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    Not to me.

  5. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,893
    #7

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    I see no difference at all. Some people might call them big eyes. Some people might call them large eyes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,332
    #8

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, EnglishHobby:

    I was wondering whether you have had a chance to check Mr. Michael Swan's very popular Practical English Usage.

    Mr. Swan says this:

    "Big and large are used mostly with concrete nouns -- the names of things you can see, touch, etc. Big is most common in an informal style."

    He then gives these two examples:

    "Get your big feet off my flowers."

    "I'm afraid my daughter has rather large feet."



    An ophthalmologist (eye doctor) talking with Mr. Smith would probably say, "I notice that your wife has large eyes, so I have decided to ...."
    Surely, she would never say, "Wow! Your wife has big eyes!" (That's my opinion, at least.)


    *****

    When I was a child (a million years ago), my teacher would scare me when she read a story entitled "Little Red Riding Hood."

    Little Red Riding Hood was a girl who decided to visit her grandmother in the forest.

    She did not know that a wolf had done something bad to her grandmother. Then the wolf put on her grandmother's clothes.

    When Little Red Riding Hood arrived, she saw her grandmother (who was really the wolf). She said, "Grandmother, what big eyes you have!"

  6. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #9

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    I am not sure what Little Red Riding Hood has to do with this, but I see very little difference between "big" and "large". In medicine we say big liver and large liver, big spleen and large spleen, big prostate and large prostate. We usually say "enlarged heart" to avoid the common heart idioms.

  7. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,893
    #10

    Re: She has big/large eyes.

    I can imagine the rather inappropriately happy response of someone who is told by their cardiologist "You have a very big heart"!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. a big/large family
    By joham in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Jun-2012, 02:45
  2. Big or large?
    By sondra in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Dec-2010, 13:38
  3. big vs. large
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Sep-2009, 17:53
  4. large and big
    By jiang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 14-Dec-2006, 09:28
  5. BIG vs LARGE
    By Humble in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Aug-2006, 05:14

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •