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in general what is the meaning of good and great? and also what is the differences between them?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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

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  • 1 decade ago

    great

    great [grayt]

    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.

    good

    good [gd]

    (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.

    1. adj

    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.

    2. adj

    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.

    3. adj

    skilled: possessing the necessary skill or talent to do something

    I’m not a very good driver.

    She’s good at science.

    4. adj

    virtuous: having or showing an upright and virtuous character

    You’re a good man, Joe.

    5. adj

    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
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  • Wicked
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    1 decade ago

    great

    The word size may refer to:

    Dimensions: length, width, height

    Clothing measurements such as shoe size or dress size

    Geometry

    Measurement

    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.

    Body dimensions

    In statistics (hypothesis testing), the size of the test refers to the rate of false positives, denoted by α.

    In computing, filesize

    good

    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

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