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    I saw a little boy.

    What does "I saw a little boy" mean?
    Does it mean "I saw a boy for a short period of time" or "I saw "a little boy""?

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    Re: I saw a little boy.

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    What does "I saw a little boy" mean?
    Does it mean "I saw a boy for a short period of time" or "I saw "a little boy""?

    Thanks.
    It means that there was a little (small) boy, and you saw him.
    Only if that doesn't make sense would you consider other possibilities, as in:
    "I saw a little action" - I was involved in some sort of action in a small way.
    "I saw a little flesh" - You had been to a strip club.
    In the above two sentences "a little" means "some".

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    Re: I saw a little boy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It means that there was a little (small) boy, and you saw him.
    Only if that doesn't make sense would you consider other possibilities, as in:
    "I saw a little action" - I was involved in some sort of action in a small way.
    "I saw a little flesh" - You had been to a strip club.
    In the above two sentences "a little" means "some".
    What would you say if I ask the same questions for "I watched a little TV"?


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    Re: I saw a little boy.

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    What would you say if I ask the same questions for "I watched a little TV"?
    As Ray indicated, in this context "little"= "some". If it was the set that was little, you would be more likely to say "I watched the programme on a little TV".

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