Sunday, 5 June 2011


The word of the day is: 'grande'= big.
The adjective  'grande' is used describe someone or something as being larger than normal. The adjective 'grande' can olso be used to describe tall people, older people/ children, powerful people/ institutions. When placed in front of a noun the adjective 'grande' is often used to describe someone or something as being great, grand, notable, more important, etc

Related nouns are 'el/ la grande', meaning the 'oldest' boy or girl and 'la grandeza' the (greatness).

Grammar.- In Spanish, when placed in front of a noun, the adjective  'grande', looses the ending 'e' and becomes 'gran'.

We also use 'grande' in expressions such as:
  • Grandes almacenes (department stores)
  • Gran premio (Grand Prix)
  • Gran danés (Great Dane)
  • Gran guerra (the great war)
  • Gran ópera (Grand Opera)
  • Gran público (general public)
  • Gran Hermano (Big Brother)
  • Grande de España (highest rank in Spanish nobility)

Examples of usage are:
  • Tu casa es muy grande (your house is very big)
  • Cuando sea grande quiero ser médico (when I grow up, I would you like to be a doctor )
  • Antonio es un gran hombre (Antonio is a great man)
  • Este es un gran vino (this is a great wine)
  • ¡Primero los grandes! (older boys and girls first!)
  • Viajábamos a gran velocidad (we were travelling at high speed)
  • La gran mayoría (the vast majority)
  • ¡Qué nariz más grande! (what a big nose!) loves the word 'grande' in the song 'El amor má grande del planeta' by Pipe Peláez

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