Could it be that a broad view, a large view and a wide view the same, as in these sentences:

  1. He took a broad view of the situation.
  2. He took a large view of the situation.
  3. He took a wide view of the situation.

Are they different?

  • Okay, so as I said there ... large and wide are the words generally used for a scenery whereas if the matter is about mental attribute, I have seen broad in sentences. So, here, the appropriate sentence is the first one. Second and third, I won't vote for :)
    – Maulik V
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 5:13
  • Not a glitch, it seems.
    – user230
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 8:10

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Broad and wide are synonyms and can usually be used interchangeably. They are both adjectives for a horizontal dimension.

In your example it is most likely being used metaphorically, it conveys the idea of a military commander surveying a battlefield and taking into account everything that is happening at the periphery, to left and right, as well as at the centre.

Taking a broad view is certainly idiomatic, perhaps clichéd.

Large is different, it can be applied to a variety of dimensions and quantities. It doesn't have the same connotations.

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