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  • Hi, I'm Phil, and I'm going to tell you the difference between "little" and "a little."

  • Yes, they almost mean the same thing.

  • No, we don't use them in the same way.

  • They both refer to small quantities, and we use them with uncountable nouns.

  • If we use "little" with no article, then it's usually negative: the small quantity is a problem.

  • There's little money leftwe can't buy anything.

  • Or, there's little time leftwe need to start now.

  • But if we use "a little" with the article, it's usually positive.

  • It almost means "at least we've got some."

  • We've got a little moneylet's spend it on a party!

  • We've got a little timelet's have some tea.

  • Remember it like this.

  • If you've got a little money but little time, you could pay someone to help you.

  • But if you've got little money and a little time, you should do it yourself!

Hi, I'm Phil, and I'm going to tell you the difference between "little" and "a little."

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'Little' vs 'A little' - What's the difference? English In A Minute

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    Lian posted on 2020/04/25
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