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    a little vs some

    What is the difference between "a little" and "some"?

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    1. A little milk was spilt
    2. Some milk was spilt.
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    Re: a little vs some

    Okay, I reduced the number of questions to unburden you.

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    Re: a little vs some

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What is the difference between "a little" and "some"?

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    1. A little milk was spilt
    2. Some milk was spilt.
    No difference between your examples.

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    Re: a little vs some

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What is the difference between "a little" and "some"?

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    1. A little milk was spilt
    2. Some milk was spilt.
    There is a space in the first but not any in the second.
    I think gr8 should only be used somewhere like chatrooms but not in UE forums. Great!

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    Re: a little vs some

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    No difference between your examples.

    I'd say 'some' and 'a little' denotes quantity.

    Definition of some: An unspecified amount or number of: "I made some money".
    Definition of a little: Small in size; Short in extent or duration.

    I'd say both sentences have a differing meaning of the quantity of milk spilled.

    A little milk was spilt. Implies a small quantity.
    Some milk was spilt. Implies an unknown amount of milk was spilled. (Would require further context, but even with that context unknown, the sentence meaning is still different.)
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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