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Great or Big?

How would you translate this sentence?

Es un gran carro.

To me, it could mean "It is a big car." or "It is a great car."

Now, someone may say it is a matter of context but I do not buy that. Two guys go on a car lot and one says to the other, "Es un gran carro." How would the other guy know what he was saying if those were the first words out of the first guy`s mouth? There is no context. One guy just suddenly says that as they are both looking at the same car. If I were the other guy I would be asking if he meant the size or he just thought it looked great. Thoughts?

Hace 3 años

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"grande" is one of a handful of Spanish adjectives that change meaning depending on where it is in the sentence. It means "big" when it comes after the noun and "great" when it comes before it.

un carro grande = a big car

un gran carro = a great car

Hace 3 años

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Thanks, ceaer. I guess what I find confusing is I checked some online translators and most of them gave the translation, "It is a big car."

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Unfortunately, online translators aren't all that reliable!

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Very true! Thanks, again.

Hace 3 años