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What is the comparative of the adjective "little"?
(I always seem to tailgate you, Mike :))
If you are asking abt the adjective it sure is smaller, as Mike said or younger.
This boy is little. That boy is smaller/younger.
This is a little table. That is a smaller table.
In responce to the comparative " little"
You can think of the following:
1- The milk is little in this bottle.
2- That one has less milk as I think.
3- The one in the fridge has the leastas I know.
I think the answer is between lines with kind compliments.
I thought it might be a good idea to improve your post a little.
Your sentences compare the amount of milk in 3 bottles. It would also be possible to compare the size of bottles. In that case, you do not use less and least.
- The blue bottle is little (small).
- The green bottle is littler (smaller) than the blue bottle.
- The red bottle is the littlest (smallest) of all.
As Mike and Humble have mentioned, it would be more typical to use smaller and smallest in the three sentences above.
(If you already understood all of this, please forgive my redundant post.)
Thank you all for your responses... I didn't know some of the things or I wasn't aware of them.
Anyway, I'd like to use the comparatice of little in this sentence:
When I was little (e.g. about 7 years old), I used to watch TV for about 8 hours daily.
When I was littler (e.g. 4 ), I used to watch it all day long. (can I say it like this?)
Of course, I am not such a television maniac (I've just thought the sentences out), but let's say they are real.
I was told that when speaking aout my age - when I was little... - we shouldn't use "small" as it describes rather size of sth., while little describes the low age.
As to the sentence you wrote, "Your sentences are grammatical and your use of "littler" is also correct.", why don't you say "grammatically correct"? How can a sentence be grammatical? If a sentence is grammatical, does it mean that it is correct as far as the sentence's grammar is concerned?