Big, large and great

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Big and large are used mostly with concrete nouns - the names of things you can see, touch etc.

Great is used mostly with abstract nouns - things you cannot see, touch etc.

Big can be used with countable abstract nouns in an informal style. Large is not used with abstract nouns.

With uncountable concrete nouns, none of these words can be used.

Reference: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan Published By Oxford University Press


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