In this spoken English lesson with Rima you would be learning the various different meanings of the two commonly used words ‘Major & Minor’ in English conversation. These words may seem fairly simple and average but they do have varied meanings and could be used in different ways.
Major could have 3 different primary meanings as mentioned below.
- Large – My friend heads a major company.
- Important – My father is going through a major surgery.
- Serious – I have a major problem to deal with.
On the other hand, Minor also has 3 different meanings primarily.
- Small- Today, I face a minor issue at work.
- Not so important – My friend tripped off the wet road and had minor bruises.
- No to serious – I am going through a minor dental surgery.
Major also talk about age
- My kids are turning major and would have the voting rights soon.
- Most countries issue a driving license once you are a major.
Minor talks about someone who is not an adult by law.
- You are still a minor to watch adult movies.
- These days a lot of minors are getting into drug abuse and that’s a serious concern.
Major also Minor also talks about college education.
Major in Studies talks about the specialisation on a particular subject.
- John is a major in social studies.
- I am confused what should I major in, everyone is majoring in finance.
Minor in college studies indicates the subjects that you don’t specialise in.
- I have dance and history as my minor subjects at college.
Major & Minor are also used in Music.
Major indicates a major chord and vice versa. Chords are musical notes played together.
We hope you have a learned from this English lesson and understood the difference these two common but versatile words. Keep practising and improve your English speaking skills.