in general what is the meaning of good and great? and also what is the differences between them?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I've given a bit of thougth to this , so no dictionary quotations (*sorry)
To me they are similar in that thay both have connotations that are evaluative (I'm guessing due to this similarity, these are the connotations you are refering to)
Good is used, often ( to describe the taste of food), in contrast to evil,sinful, troublesome etc. in various religious discourse, that is good as 'conforming to/not violating laws/standards'
(To me) I've boiled it good as an evaluator down to a subjective expression, a synonym for 'acceptable'
Great is used often to refer to magnitudes (maybe bigger is better) , status, impressiveness, accomplishment or ideals etc compared with good I think of it as more emphasised, as an evaluative word '(very/big)acceptable' with one or more of the other connatations above.
So I've the two words to having some difference,
a difference in degree not kind, when I say they are both evaluative. Great is well greater, a stronger 'acceptability'
Plus they have they can have the differnt connotations given to both.As for these connotations maybe;
good is 'acceptable' when talking of how things should be.
great is 'acceptable' when talking of how things idealy could be
- 1 decade ago
adj (comparative greater, superlative greatest)
1. impressively large: very large and impressive
2. large in number: large in number or with many parts
a great crowd of well-wishers
3. bigger than others: larger or more important than others of the same kind
4. much: extreme or more than usual
It gives me great pleasure to introduce our speaker tonight.
5. lasting a long time: lasting a long time, or covering a long distance
6. important: very significant or important
7. exceptionally talented: with exceptional talents, or having made remarkable achievements
8. powerful: powerful and influential
Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
(comparative better [béttər], superlative best [best]) CORE-MEANING: an adjective indicating that something is approved of or desirable
It’s a good idea to change your password now and again.
It’s good to talk.
of high quality: of a high quality or standard, either on an absolute scale or in relation to another or others
The meal wasn’t good.
He’ll make a very good doctor.
I smashed one of my good plates.
suitable: having the appropriate qualities to be something or to fit a particular purpose
Futons make good chairs as well as beds.
The bicycle is good for short trips.
skilled: possessing the necessary skill or talent to do something
I’m not a very good driver.
She’s good at science.
virtuous: having or showing an upright and virtuous character
You’re a good man, Joe.
kind: having or showing a kind and generous disposition
She was always very good to me.
Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.Source(s): World English Dictionary
- WickedLv 71 decade ago
The word size may refer to:
Dimensions: length, width, height
Clothing measurements such as shoe size or dress size
Any of several gelatinous or glutinous substances usually made from glue, wax, or clay and used as a glaze or filler for porous materials such as paper, cloth, or wall surfaces.
In statistics (hypothesis testing), the size of the test refers to the rate of false positives, denoted by α.
In computing, filesize
Being positive or desirable in nature
Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing:
Serving the desired purpose or end;
Not spoiled or ruined:
Superior to the average; satisfactory:
Used formerly to refer to the U.S. Government grade of meat higher than standard and lower than choice.
Of high quality
- 1 decade ago