07 differences between 'Major & Minor'

source: Learn English with Let's Talk    2017年6月11日

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.

About college education:
Major in studies talks about the specialization 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 specialize 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.