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    #1

    large: a bit more formal?

    In an online dictionary I read that large is a bit more formal than big.
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionar...p008-000961580

    If it's so, I need an example which would emphasize this light difference.
    Can we say that large sums of money is a bit more formal than big sums of money?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: large: a bit more formal?

    You might find large used more in formal contexts, but I can't say that the difference seems obvious to me.

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    #3

    Re: large: a bit more formal?

    I think you are looking for a distinction that doesn't really exist.

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    Re: large: a bit more formal?

    I don't think it's a matter of formality. It's generally a matter of usage. We simply don't say "big sums of money" very often. The commonly used term is "large sums of money".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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