Big, large and great

We use big and large with concrete nouns – the names of objects which we can see or touch.

In an informal style, big is more common than large.

 

  • – He has got big / large feet.
  • – They have a large / big house in the city.

 

 

We use great with abstract nouns – the names of things which we cannot see or touch.

 

  • – I think it was a great mistake.
  • – I have great respect for him.

 

 

In an informal style big is also used with countable abstract nouns. Large is not used with abstract nouns.

 

  • – I think it was a big mistake. (BUT NOT I think it was a large mistake.) None of these three words are used with uncountable nouns.
  • – I have got a lot of luggage. (NOT I have got big/large/great luggage.)

“Don’t” and “doesn’t”

Difference between "Don't" and "doesn't"? Don't and doesn't are contractions. Don't is a contraction of do not,  and doesn't is a contraction of does not.

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Whose and who’s

Who’s is the contraction and Whose is a possessive word.   Who’s is the contraction of who is or who has.   Example of Who’s Who’s is this glass of wine ? X – incorrect Whose is this glass of wine? √ – correct   Whose It’s used in questions and relative clauses. Example of […]

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