'This tree is very tall.' - 'But that one is low/short.'

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Creature from the Sun

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Russian, K-Paxian
Dear Gurus,
If we say 'This tree is very tall.' which word is the antonym to 'tall' in this context? Should we say 'But that one is low/short.'?

Thank you!
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    In this context, say, "that one is low."

    We are more likely to use 'low' to describe something you pass under, or reach for -- a low branch, or a low bridge.
    It's true that occasionally we talk about 'low trees' but that is less usual and (usually) not in opposition to 'tall'.
     

    Creature from the Sun

    Senior Member
    Russian, K-Paxian
    In this context, say, "that one is low."

    We are more likely to use 'low' to describe something you pass under, or reach for -- a low branch, or a low bridge.
    It's true that occasionally we talk about 'low trees' but that is less usual and (usually) not in opposition to 'tall'.
    Thank you so much, Cagey!
    Does 'low' normally stand in opposition to 'high', like 'That white plane is flying really hight! An another, the red one, is flying low.'?
     
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