a big number


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"30 000$ is really a big number to me." Is the usage of "big number" appropriate here? are there other kinds of expression of this meaning? thanks a lot
  • ace02nc

    Senior Member
    English - United States
    Yes, we use this expression a lot in AE, but typically when we're talking about just a number. When discussing money, we usually say simply "$30,000 is a lot of money to me." Also, 'a' and 'really' are usually flipped:

    "30,000 is a really big number to me."

    "$30,000 is a lot of money to me."

    George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    It's a big number is fine assuming that 30000 is a large number for the countable item you are describing.

    Thirty thousand dollars is a large amount to me would be more normal English.


    George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    Being American, my vote is with ace02nc.

    However, I would go even further and say that "$30,000 seems like a lot of money to me" sounds more idiomatic in my opinion.
    There's one hell of a difference between is and seems....
    The original sentence implies that IT IS big money to the writer.

    Seems implies that it is a bit overpriced..


    Or do we have the US-UK language problem?
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