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Roshanak
Difference Hi everybody.What's difference between "awesome" and "great"?
Apr 4, 2018 7:27 PM
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It depends on the context.

Sometimes they can mean almost the same thing, but as mentioned in other comments, "awesome" is more colloquial/informal. I would also say that "awesome" usually sounds a little bit stronger/more emphatic in meaning than "great." Ex: This movie is awesome! / This movie is great! (Same meaning, but "awesome" is stronger and more informal).

However, "great" can also mean something sort of like "excellent/admirable/high quality," and would be used in situations where "awesome" would not generally be used.

Ex: Beethoven was a great composer. Einstein had a great mind. The United States is a great country. Technically, you could use "awesome" in these sentences as well, but it would change the connotation and sound a bit silly.

April 4, 2018
Awesome is an American term and is not generally used in British English.
April 4, 2018
I would say there is not much of a difference in meaning.  However, awesome is a "younger" word.  It would more likely be used by younger aged people.  
April 4, 2018

they mean the same thing 

but awesome is used more by younger people and is more colloquial

awesome is slightly greater than great i.e. slightly more emphatic 

April 4, 2018
Roshanak
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