Is young the correct word in the following context?

First of all, I plan to participate in building the Italian eGovernment. The Italian eGovernment is still young and we need to work for many years in many stages in order to achieve it.

Would it be better to use small or tiny instead?

  • It would be easier to answer your question if you told us more about what you are trying to say. Neither young nor small is incorrect, but the former emphasizes the newness of something, while the latter emphasizes potential for expansion and growth.
    – J.R.
    Nov 6, 2013 at 1:27
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    Minor stylistic suggestion: "First of all" is redundant; just say "First." First is always "of all"--else it's not first. :)
    – Flimzy
    Nov 6, 2013 at 1:40

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Yes, young is appropriate in that context, since one of the meaning of the word is "having lived or existed for only a short time; not fully developed." The part that applies in that case is "not fully developed."

Small is used also as synonym of young, but (as far as I can see) it is used for humans or animals. Tiny is used only in the context of size or amount, such as a tiny baby or a tiny minority.

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    @Marco - I usually suggest waiting 12 to 24 hours before accepting an answer. Sometimes a better answer will come along. I've even seen a few cases where an answer was accepted even though it was clearly wrong! In this case, I don't find fault with kia's answer, but, as a matter of practice, I recommend letting your question get wider exposure before accepting an answer. There's no rush.
    – J.R.
    Nov 6, 2013 at 9:36

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