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    #1

    A tall or high building?

    We saw many tall buildings.
    (1)Can I use “high” to replace “tall”?

    My teacher said YES, but, the Longman Dictionary says((2)Should I add an the before the Longman Dictionary?):
    Do not use “high” to describe people, animals, trees, plants, and narrow things of above average height. Use “tall.”
    e.g. You’re getting very tall. (NOT You’re getting very high.)
    tall buildings (NOT high buildings)

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    #2

    Re: A tall or high building?

    Tall is far more common than high with buildings, but high is not incorrect.

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    Re: A tall or high building?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Tall is far more common than high with buildings, but high is not incorrect.
    Is it the same for AmE?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #4

    Re: A tall or high building?

    I think 'high-rise buildings' is OK.
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    #5

    Re: A tall or high building?

    Yes, it is the same for AmE.

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    #6

    Re: A tall or high building?

    Only "tall" really works, unless you're describing buildings that are set on a hill.
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    Re: A tall or high building?

    I agree, a building would seldom be described as high; we only use this term, really, when things can move from high to low and back. A bird could be perched high in a tree, for instance. Or low.

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    #8

    Re: A tall or high building?

    The hundreds of sentences containing the words 'high building(s)' at fraze.it, with so sign with many that the writer is talking of anything but 'tall buildings' suggests that I am not alone in thinking that 'high buiding' and 'tall building' can be synonymous.

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    #9

    Re: A tall or high building?

    This building is really tall! Its top is 130 metres high from the ground.

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    #10

    Re: A tall or high building?

    Google's Ngram Viewer shows that tall building currently occurs three and a half times more often than high building. This has not always been the case though; high building was preferred by a greater or lesser margin until around 1920, and tall building didn't gain an overwhelming lead until around 1975.

    I'm surprised that high​ registers as well as it does. Describing a 20-story building as high sounds really unnatural to me, an AmE speaker from the US Midwest.
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