I don't want to change the structure of the sentence. So please tell me which adjective works better in this sentence — great, high or large.

Due to the resolution of cameras, vehicles are not visible in regions where the vehicles' distance to camera is great.

  • The sentence as it stands is tautologous, really just explaining what resolving power is - it doesn't matter what the optical objects are, vehicles, ants or stars. Also, many would prefer 'because of' here: Because of the poor resolving power of the cameras involved, vehicles over 8 miles away will not be imaged. Nov 2, 2013 at 16:04
  • Great is a general modifier that can be attached to almost any quantified expression, but high involves an UP/DOWN metaphor of some kind, most likely a vertically-oriented scale of measurement, and large refers most commonly to some metaphor of quantity or volume, rather than of length per se. So, all things considered, I agree with @EdwinAshworth that the sentence is ill-constructed (if it's intended to be understood, anyway), and with @JamesRobinson that substantial is a better word in context. Nov 2, 2013 at 16:50

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The sentence is a little awkward, but I'd choose large, or maybe great -- both work. There is probably an error in the sentence too:

... the vehicles' distance to camera is large.

Should probably be:

... the vehicles' distance to **the** camera is large.

It is possible that "distance to camera" is the name of a specific metric. If so it might work as:

 ... the vehicles' distance-to-camera is large.

If it is such a measure "large" would be preferred.

Either way the sentence is a little awkward.


Of the three listed great seems best, though personally I would opt for substantial.

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