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12 / 03 / 2012

THICK vs. THIN: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

This week we are going to look at some words that are used to describe different dimensions and qualities. Some of these words often confuse students. We'll start this series with the words thick (grueso) and thin (fino).

Meaning of thick: We use this adjective to describe a material, such as fabric or wood (or a structure, such as a wall or door) that has the two opposite sides or surfaces relatively far apart.

Meaning of thin: We use this adjective to describe a material that has the two opposite sides or surfaces relatively close together. It's the opposite of thick.

Example 1:
The castle walls were half a meter thick. They were built of solid stone.

Example 2:
That cotton T-shirt was so thin that it fell apart the first time I washed it!

Example 3:
Waiter: What would you like to order for breakfast, sir?
Man: I'll have two fried eggs, sausage, bacon and four slices of toast. Thick slices, please! With butter and jam; and a large coffee.
Waiter: And you, ma'am?
Woman: Just a boiled egg and a thin slice of bread, followed by some fruit salad.

Expression: through thick and thin

: to support someone in all circumstances, no matter how difficult things may become.

Example 4
It's an adventure story about a knight who remains by his lord's side, through thick and thin, until they are separated by a terrible spell.

You can review some more meanings of the word thick by looking at the Daily Vitamins from May 13th to May 15th, 2008. Check back with us tomorrow to learn about some more words for describing dimensions.

Have a great day!

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