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United English es una escuela de inglés en Querétaro, México. Especializamos en la enseñanza de idiomas y inglés de negocios. Ofrecemos clases de inglés en nuestra escuela y en empresas. Aprender inglés con un horario flexible y maestros nativos.

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Biggest vs. Largest

Mark Arthur

In yesterday's class, Javier asked if there were any important difference in the use of the words "biggest" and "largest". I ran a search on the Corpus of Contemporary American English to compare the most frequent nouns that combine with the two words.


You can see the result in the screen shots below. Notice that according to corpus data, "biggest" is much more frequent than "largest", whereas "largest" seems to be used more frequently in formal contexts. You'll also notice that the most frequent collocations (i.e. words that they combine with) are quite different. 

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