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    Smile need correct answer

    I have some problems with those sentences:

    1.I had to answer question A because it was.....
    a)compulsory b)necessary c)a must d)an obligation
    (In my humble opinion all of those seem to be suitable)

    2.He denied having killed anybody/nobody(?)

    3.A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
    (My friend claims that this sentence is correct, but I disagree: Little knowledge is... Am I right?)

    And what's the difference between: sauce/a sauce and people/a people

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: need correct answer

    1.I had to answer question A because it was.....
    a)compulsory b)necessary c)a must d)an obligation
    (In my humble opinion all of those seem to be suitable) They are all possible grammatically, but 'compulsory' is more usual.

    2.He denied having killed anybody/nobody(?) Anybody.

    3.A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
    (My friend claims that this sentence is correct, but I disagree: Little knowledge is... Am I right?) Your friend is right.

    Someone else might help you with the rest, that is my contribution.

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    Exclamation Re: need correct answer

    My opinion (I'm a student):

    a few and a little give a positive idea, they indicate that something exists, is present as below:

    She has been here only two weeks, but she has already made a few friends. (Positive
    idea: She has made some friends).

    I am very pleased. I have been able to save a little money this month. (Positive idea:I have saved some money instead of spending all of it).

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    few and little (without 'a') give a negative idea; they indicate that something is largely absent.

    Very (+ few/little) makes the negative idea stronger, the number/amount smaller.


    I feel sorry for her. She has (very) few friends. (Negative idea: She does not have many friends; she has almost no friends).

    I have (very) little money. I don't even have enugh money to buy food for dinner. (Negative idea: I don't have much money; I have almost no money).


    So, what is the right answer in this sentence? a little or little? Please try yourself, I believe you can answer it.

    ........ knowledge is a dangerous thing.
    Last edited by sio; 03-Jan-2009 at 19:55.

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    Smile Re: need correct answer

    1. I had to answer question A because it was necessary.


    "Have to" is used to express certainty, necessity, and obligation.


    2. He denied having killed anybody. Denied - negation

    3. You are right. The difference between a little and little is quite clear. Little means almost nothing.

    Little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    Here is the difference:

    LITTLE : only used with UNCOUNTABLE nouns, synonym for hardly any, not much

    e.g.
    Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. [ A little knowledge is not such a dangerous thing, nor healthy either]
    Look at the sky, there is little hope for bright and sunny weather tomorrow.

    A LITTLE:only used with UNCOUNTABLE nouns, synonym for a small amount, some

    e.g. Is there ? The weather forecast says there is still a little hope.


    4. You cannot say a sauce because sauce is an uncountable noun.
    People is ok.
    A people does not exist. The indefinite article a goes with countable singular nouns : a couple of people. You can say : a group of people, a couple of people, a number of people etc.

    Hope it helps.
    Last edited by Teia; 03-Jan-2009 at 20:36.

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    I wouldn't be so categorical.

    Vinagrette is a sauce made of a simple blend of oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. (= a type of sauce)

    The Chinese are a hard-working people. (= a nation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    1. I had to answer question A because it was necessary.


    "Have to" is used to express certainty, necessity, and obligation.


    2. He denied having killed anybody. Denied - negation

    3. You are right. The difference between a little and little is quite clear. Little means almost nothing.

    Little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

    Here is the difference:

    LITTLE : only used with UNCOUNTABLE nouns, synonym for hardly any, not much

    e.g.
    Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. [ A little knowledge is not such a dangerous thing, nor healthy either]
    Look at the sky, there is little hope for bright and sunny weather tomorrow.

    A LITTLE:only used with UNCOUNTABLE nouns, synonym for a small amount, some

    e.g. Is there ? The weather forecast says there is still a little hope.


    4. You cannot say a sauce because sauce is an uncountable noun.
    People is ok.
    A people does not exist. The indefinite article a goes with countable singular nouns : a couple of people. You can say : a group of people, a couple of people, a number of people etc.

    Hope it helps.
    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

    Meaning
    A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.
    Origin
    First used by Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744) in An Essay on Criticism, 1709:

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    Default Re: need correct answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I wouldn't be so categorical.

    Vinagrette is a sauce made of a simple blend of oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. (= a type of sauce)

    The Chinese are a hard-working people. (= a nation)
    I agree.

    You can also say :

    The Chinese are hard working people. People here means persons, while in your sentence a...people means population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

    Meaning
    A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.
    Origin
    First used by Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744) in An Essay on Criticism, 1709:
    I agree that`A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think that they are more experts than they really are` but LITTLE knowledge is a dangerous thing. You cannot say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, because a little does not have such a negative connotation as little has. I might be wrong, though.
    Last edited by Teia; 03-Jan-2009 at 21:22.

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    Default Re: need correct answer

    The accepted phrase is, 'A little knowledge is a dangerous thing'. I think that this is a good explanation of why that is the case; Meaning
    A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.

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    Default Re: need correct answer

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The accepted phrase is, 'A little knowledge is a dangerous thing'. I think that this is a good explanation of why that is the case; Meaning
    A small amount of knowledge can cause people to think they are more expert than they really are.
    I wouldn`t use Pope`s lines if I were in the position to explain this difference to my students. How would you use little in the same sentence, then?

    What is the difference between little and a little in this situation?

    Little knowledge is a most dangerous thing. Can I say that?

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