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"Big" is an adjective which is often translated as "grande", and "bigger" is an adjective which is often translated as "más grande". Learn more about the difference between "big" and "bigger" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (large)
a. grande
We'll need a bigger house when the baby is born.Necesitaremos una casa más grande cuando nazca el bebé.
b. gran
Maggie loves to sit under a big tree and read a novel.A Maggie le encanta sentarse debajo de un gran árbol y leer una novela.
2. (meaningful)
a. grande
He made a series of big mistakes that resulted in the destruction of the forest.Cometió una serie de grandes errores que resultaron en la destrucción del bosque.
b. gran
The fact that she hasn't kept her word presents us with a big problem.El hecho de que no ha honrado su palabra nos presenta con un gran problema.
c. grave
There was a big accident on the highway this morning.Hubo un grave accidente en la carretera esta mañana.
3. (important)
a. gran
We have visitors from a big European company who will be touring our factory today.Tenemos visitantes de una gran empresa europea que recorrerán nuestra fábrica hoy.
b. importante
Our biggest client is the publishing company.Nuestro cliente más importante es la editorial.
c. conocido
I bought it from a big company online.Lo compré de una empresa conocida en línea.
d. grande
He got the chance to play in the big leagues for the first time when he was 19.Tuvo la oportunidad de jugar en las grandes ligas por primera vez cuando tenía 19 años.
4. (in age)
a. grande
When I'm big, I want to be a fireman.Cuando sea grande, quiero ser bombero.
b. mayor
My big sister is coming home for Christmas.Mi hermana mayor viene a casa para la Navidad.
5. (generous)
a. generoso
It was very big of her to pay for a vacation for all her brothers and sisters.Fue muy generoso de su parte pagarles unas vacaciones a todos sus hermanos.
6. (stingy)
a. generoso (ironic)
It's very big of you to offer to pay the five cent entry fee, but I think I can cover it!Es muy generoso de tu parte ofrecer pagar la entrada de cinco centavos pero creo que me arreglo para pagarla yo.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(as intensifier)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Don't be such a big idiot!¡Pero no puedes ser semejante pedazo de idiota!
Your brother is just a big bully!¡Qué tan bravucón es tu hermano!
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
8. (ambitiously)
a. a lo grande
In order to achieve great results, you need to think big.Para generar grandes resultados, debes pensar a lo grande.
9. (boastfully)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He always acts big in front of people, but then he's a poor bastard when he's at home.Siempre se da importancia frente a la gente, pero después en su casa es un pobre tipo.
Ricardo gets on my nerves. He talks big, but never gets anything done.Ricardo me crispa. Fanfarronea, pero nunca logra nada.
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bigger
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (larger)
a. más grande
My sister has a bigger room, but I have a private bathroom.Mi hermana tiene una habitación más grande, pero yo tengo un baño privado.
2. (more meaningful)
a. más grande
If we don't correct small mistakes, they turn into bigger mistakes.Si no corregimos los errores pequeños, se convierten en errores más grandes.
b. más grave
It was a relatively small accident. I'm thankful that it wasn't bigger.Fue un accidente relativamente menor. Agradezco que no haya sido más grave.
3. (more important)
a. más grande
This offer isn't bad, but I think we can get some bigger ones.Esta oferta no está mal, pero creo que podemos conseguir unas más grandes.
b. más importante
We have bigger problems to worry about.Tenemos problemas más importantes sobre los que preocuparnos.
c. más conocido
The artist broke his contract to move to a bigger record label.El artista rompió su contrato para cambiar a un sello discográfico más conocido.
4. (older)
a. más grande
You have to be bigger to go on this ride.Tienes que ser más grande para montar esta atracción.
b. mayor
The bigger kids can keep an eye on Mikey for an hour.Los niños mayores pueden cuidar a Mikey por una hora.
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