Big is not always better

Bigger is not always better

Which sentence is correct?


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.


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

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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