big / small / long / short / tall / huge / tiny

Use big and small to talk about the general size of something.

  • Elephants are big. Mice are small.

    The word huge means “very big,” and the word tiny means “very small.”

  • Their new house is huge! I think it has 50 rooms.
  • “Do you want any cake?”

    “Just a tiny piece. I’m on a diet.”

    Use long and short to talk about length (horizontal distance). You can also use long and short with time, books, words/sentences, hair, and legs:

  • The line to buy tickets for the concert is very long. There are hundreds of people waiting.
  • The movie is really long – about three hours.
  • That book is quite long – it has about 500 pages.
  • Academic writing often uses very long sentences.
  • She has short blonde hair and gorgeous long legs.

    There are two ways to talk about distance – far or a long way.

  • The beach is far from my house.
  • The beach is a long way from my house.
  • The beach is long from my house.

    Use tall and short to talk about height (vertical distance) -especially with people, but sometimes also with buildings and trees.

  • My brother is really tall.
  • New York City has a lot of tall buildings.
  • There are many tall trees in the forest.