Which of the following statements is correct?
a) 7 is the smallest and 9 is the greatest number
b) 7 is the smallest and 9 is the largest number
The research so far indicates that both terms largest and greatest are used in educational material. Largest implies size, but greater implies value, so greater seems more appropriate when dealing with abstract concepts. I am interested in why one may be more appropriate than the other when dealing with young learners, keeping in mind common misconceptions that children can make.