I've never understood this question: why is it that in English? small is the opposite of large little is the opposite of big small and little are synonyms large and big are synonyms However, small is NOT the exact opposite of big little is NOT the exact opposite of large
Aug 3, 2014 2:53 PM
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I wonder how accurate that is. In British English, "big and small", and "little and large" would go together, and almost seem like collocations to me. I would never say small and large, or little and big.
August 3, 2014
There is no such thing as an absolute synonym. There will always be some situations where you can use use one word but not the other.You can't learn a language from definitions, translations, synonyms and antonyms - that is why it is important to learn how to use vocabulary in context.
August 3, 2014
Let me think and Google. "All things bright and beautiful/All creatures great and small..." ...hmmm... GREAT and small. "Big and Small: An Animal Opposites Book," 2006 children's picture book title and DOZENS of other children's books "Big business" is the opposite of "Small business." I agree with Andi that it's complicated.
August 3, 2014
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