I never had problems with small and little before.

However, I only had known about a small room before I saw the word a little room in a textbook (Family and Friends by Naomi Simmons). Is it the same?

Also, as I always use big, I'm not so sure about large. Big room and large room were the same to me. Is it right?

  • Could you provide some more contexts like adding the example sentences that you're thinking of? – Neeku Aug 26 '14 at 8:20
  • Are you asking if small and little are the same? – Tim Aug 26 '14 at 8:30
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    ...If so, there are previous questions on the subject. The words are (as adjectives) synonyms, but that doesn't mean that there is always a free choice of which to use. 'She bought a pretty little cottage' sounds wonderful, while 'She bought a pretty small cottage' sounds less so (but is not ungrammatical). – Edwin Ashworth Aug 26 '14 at 9:04
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    Have you checked the four words in the dictionary? – Kris Aug 26 '14 at 10:08
  • The context is like: "I bought a new house. The small/little room is for my daughter." And I don't sure which word to use. As I said, I wonder if "small room" and 'little room" is the same. – Appple Aug 28 '14 at 2:55

Small refers to size. In many cases both small and little are possible. However, little is preferred in cases where we also want to express some sort of emotion. Examples could be:-

a. Poor little thing.

b. She is a pretty little woman.

c. They have bought a small house in the city.

d. The small hours

Large is a bit more formal and stronger word than big and there are some cases we prefer large over big or vice versa. Large also emphasizes 'big in more than one dimensions' area or volume. Some examples from the grammarbank.com :-

a. We need a larger cup. (Need more volume)

b. We need a bigger knife.(No volume emphasized)

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    But note that "bigger cup" and "larger knife" are not mistakes; they're just slightly less likely alternative ways to say the same thing. – Peter Shor Aug 26 '14 at 9:53
  • This is the sentence in the textbook: "The bedroom is little". So you mean we can use both words for that sentence? – Appple Aug 28 '14 at 3:15
  • @Appple Yes you can use both, with slight difference in meaning. – user73373 Aug 28 '14 at 4:06

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