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    uktous is offline Senior Member
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    Default do nothing to vs do little to

    Hi,

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    What is the difference between do nothing to and do little to?

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    The company did nothing to/did little to prevent the disaster.

    Do little to help = to fail to help someone/something
    Http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...british/little

    But I can't find a explanation for do nothing to.

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    Default Re: do nothing to vs do little to

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    What is the difference between do nothing to and do little to?

    Sentence:
    The company did nothing to/did little to prevent the disaster.

    Do little to help = to fail to help someone/something
    Http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...british/little

    But I can't find a explanation for do nothing to.

    Thanks
    If they did little, then they did something but not very much.
    If they did nothing, then they did absolutely nothing!

    The "to" goes with "prevent".

    They did nothing/little to prevent the disaster.

    What did they do [in order] to prevent the disaster?
    They did nothing [in order] to prevent the disaster.
    They did [very] little [in order] to prevent the disaster.

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