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    Hi :)

    Why you cannot say ".... because of the little mistakes you make"?

    and what about "we are too much traditional"?

    Thank you very, very much,

    abrilsp

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    Default Re: some more questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by abrilsp
    Why can't you say, ".... because of the little mistakes you make", and what about "we are too much traditional"?

    "...because of the little mistakes you make" (OK)

    Sam: I'm turning off the TV.
    Pat: Why?!
    Sam: You're doing your homework. The TV is distracting you.
    Pat: That's okay. I like to do both at the same time.
    Sam: You'll probably get a C on your assignment because of the little mistakes you make while you're watching TV.

    "We are much too traditional." (much too = very)
    "That's too much food." (too much = intolerable, undesirable)

    ? We are undesirably traditional ?
    ? That's very much food ?

    :D

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    Hello :)

    What is the difference between "....because of the little mistakes you make" and "....because of the few mistakes you make"?

    Thanks

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    And another question, so can we say "I am too tired" and "I am much too tired"? What is the difference in meaning?
    Sorry for asking so much!

    abrilsp

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    'Much too' is stronger. I'd use it to suggest that there is no way I'm going to to do anything.

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    In AE we would usually say small mistakes, meaning minor mistakes. A few mistakes means a small number of mistakes. (Not very many.) It's a difference between quality and quantity.

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    In BE we'd say either 'small' or 'little'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abrilsp
    And another question, so can we say "I am too tired" and "I am much too tired"? What is the difference in meaning?
    Sorry for asking so much!

    abrilsp
    They are used in the same situations, but (as Tdol noted) much too tired is used for greater emphasis. Example:

    • A: Can you help me move this big, heavy piece of furniture?
      B: I am much too tired for that.


    We're glad to have your questions. It gives us something to do.

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