Big is not always better

Bigger is not always better

Which sentence is correct?


Each sentence needs to end with a period.

"Bigger" is parallel to "better", so "Bigger is better." is correct in most uses of this phrase. "Big is better." is either an error, or has a more specific meaning such as "Big is better [than small]."

  • but what about this.......... i have a big house......... and someone says bigger is not always better............... but there is no comparison i did not say my house is bigger than yours – user60121 Aug 11 '17 at 13:41
  • @user73052 -- When in doubt, use "Bigger is better." – Jasper Aug 11 '17 at 14:50

Neither sentence is incorrect (apart from the full-stop).

Bigger is not always better is more common (263,000 results on Google, compared to 26,800), but either would be absolutely fine to use.


Both sentences are grammatical, but they mean slightly different things.

"Bigger is not always better" means "Bigger is not always better than big." A mastiff in a New York City apartment is probably too big.

"Big is not always better" means "Big is not always better than small." Those on a diet would prefer a small portion to large one.

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