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United English is Queretaro's best English school. Learn with native and certified teachers and a flexible schedule. Fluency starts in 12 months after beginning Starter level. We use TOEIC exams to test levels. Somos expertos en inglés de negocio. Tenemos un horario totalmente flexible y todos nuestros instructores son nátivos y certificados.

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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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