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    Default It's a little noisy here

    Dear Friends,

    Imagine that you enter a very noisy place (a disco or something) with your friend and you say to him/her:


    (1) It's a little noisy here.


    My questions are as follows:


    1. Does (1) necessarily imply in English that you had had prior expectations about the noise level (that it should be a quieter place) before you entered that place?


    2. Can the understatement in (1) factually state that it is noisy there? That is, can 'little' have a non-figurative (though not literal) meaning? Like when someone is saying (with no ironic intent): It's a bit noisy here.


    Thanks for your suggestions.


    Palinkasocsi

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    Default Re: It's a little noisy here

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Imagine that you enter a very noisy place (a disco or something) with your friend and you say to him/her:


    (1) It's a little noisy here.


    My questions are as follows:


    1. Does (1) necessarily imply in English that you had had prior expectations about the noise level (that it should be a quieter place) before you entered that place?
    Not necessarily.

    2. Can the understatement in (1) factually state that it is noisy there? That is, can 'little' have a non-figurative (though not literal) meaning? Like when someone is saying (with no ironic intent): It's a bit noisy here.

    It is a characteristic "understatement" which is understood to mean that is it FAR TOO NOISY.


    Thanks for your suggestions.


    Palinkasocsi
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