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    a little or little

    In my book I read "a little" is used in affirmative sentences. In the same book I have a sentence "Any way, a little inconvenience didn't interfere with our fun. Is "a little" correct here? What is your reason? Can we use "little"?

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    Re: a little or little

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    In my book I read "a little" is used in affirmative sentences. In the same book I have a sentence "Any way, a little inconvenience didn't interfere with our fun. Is "a little" correct here? What is your reason? Can we use "little"?

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    Yes, it means "a small amount of".

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    Re: a little or little

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    In my book I read "a little" is used in affirmative sentences. In the same book I have a sentence "Any way, a little inconvenience didn't interfere with our fun. Is "a little" correct here? What is your reason? Can we use "little"?

    Thanks
    I don't know what you mean by affirmative sentences. In this case remember that little is simply an adjective. Without it the sentence reads,
    An inconvenience didn't interfere with our fun. It is a particular inconvenience (such as a thunderstorm) and not inconvenience in general. Therefore the use of "an."
    Insert little and you get the sentence, "Any way, a little inconvenience didn't interfere with our fun."
    Yes, it's correct.

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    Re: a little or little

    There is a difference, though, between "a little" and "little". If you had "a little fun", it wasn't that bad -- could have been worse. If you had "little fun", you didn't have much fun at all.
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    Cool Re: a little or little

    According to some grammar books when "a little" is used it means that we are dealing with a small amount, or what the speaker considers a small amount. But when "little" is used the speaker gives almost a negative meaning to the sentence and can usually be replaced by hardly any.
    For example: we had little time for amusement implies that we were always busy.


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    Re: a little or little

    I mean can we use "a little" in a negative sentence?
    Can we use "little" in a negative sentence?
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