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    the difference between "a little" and "the little"?

    Can someone explain to me what's the difference between "a little" and "the little"?
    I have this sentence: "I quickly packed my few belongings and spent ... money I had on a one-way ticket home"
    So do we use " a little money" or "the little money"?
    Thanks very much ^^

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    Re: the difference between "a little" and "the little"?

    The. It's a specific amount of money, the {little money (that) I had}.

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    Re: the difference between "a little" and "the little"?

    And, just to add to 5jj's excellent post: without the specification "that I had", which makes clear you spent all your money to book passage, it's just any small amount from your total wealth. In that case "a little money" is appropriate: I quickly packed my few belongings and spent a little money on a one-way ticket home.

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