As you continue to learn English do you find you need some help to learn English adjectives of size?
Little, Tiny, Small, Microscopic, Big, Large, Gigantic and more. I’ll take a look at how to pronounce and use them properly in this video.
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Hi, Bob the Canadian here. Last week when I shot a video there was an enormous amount of snow. And as you can see behind me, it has all melted just a little bit. Now if you noticed I just used two words there.
I used the English word, “enormous” to represent a large amount, and “little” to represent a small amount.
And in this video we’re going to look at a number of English adjectives that you can use to describe size.
So as I was looking through a lot of the messages that you have sent me on Facebook, I noticed that there’s a theme. A lot of you were asking about how to talk about size. How to use the words “little”. How to use the words “big”. And what are more words you can use to describe the size of something.
So in this video, I’m going to talk about size, and we’re going to work from small to large. When we talk about size. So from the smallest end we begin with words like, “miniscule” or “microscopic”. And this would refer to things that are so small you actually would need a microscope in order to be able to see them.
So microscopic is obviously from the word microscope.
So it would refer to something like a small piece of dust that you had in your eye. I have a microscopic piece of dust in my eye, or I have a miniscule piece of dust in my eye.
Moving up to something a little bigger we would use the words “little”, “small”, and “tiny”. So these refer to things that are quite small, but easy to see. So for instance you might say, “I’ll have a little piece of cake.” Meaning that you don’t want very much. You might say, “Oh look over there, there are some small children playing.” Because children are obviously smaller than adults. Or you might say, “I’ll just have a tiny bit of sugar in my tea or coffee.” Referring to that you just want a tiny small small amount.
Moving up from that we have English words like, “average” or “medium”.
So for instance you’ll see this a lot of times on a crime drama if you watch tv. Someone will be asked to describe a person and they’ll describe the person as, “They were about average size.”. “They were about a medium size person.” So referring to the fact that they’re not small, but they’re also not tall in any way.
Now we move into learning English words like, “big” words like “large”.
This refers to obviously to somebody or something that’s quite a bit bigger than small or medium. A large person would be at least six feet tall, and excuse me, I know I am Canadian, and I should know know my metric sizes, but I think it would be someone who is more 200 centimeters tall. A big person though would someone who is not just tall, but also just body size they are larger than the normal person. So we would have a large person or a big person. Not to be confused with tall which just refers to someone’s height.
After that we have a number of words to describe things that are extremely big. So we have words like, “huge” “humongous” “gigantic” “enormous”. You would use that to describe things like a large airplane. You would say, “I came on an enormous airplane.” You would use it to describe things like, “Last week we had a snowfall, it was a gigantic amount of snow.” Another word you could use is the word, “massive”. “Last week we had a massive amount of snow come down.” Or “On my way to work there was an enormous amount of traffic. There was a gigantic amount of traffic.”…