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    Little/Small

    Hello;


    I would like to know what is the difference between;

    a little house anb a small house

    Because the other day I had to explain it to my students and It created me a little conflict.

    thanks

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    Re: Little/Small

    Quote Originally Posted by arare View Post
    Hello;


    I would like to know what is the difference between;

    a little house anb a small house

    Because the other day I had to explain it to my students and It created me a little conflict.

    thanks
    They both mean the same.


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    Re: Little/Small

    ok. Thank you.

    So then I assumed that both can be used in the same situations.

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    Re: Little/Small

    Quote Originally Posted by arare View Post
    Hello;


    I would like to know what is the difference between;

    a little house anb a small house

    Because the other day I had to explain it to my students and It created me a little conflict.

    thanks
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Have you had a chance to check out Michael Swan's PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE? He points out that sometimes you must use "little" in expressions of emotion. For example: Wow! What a pretty little house you have! (No one would ever exclaim: What a pretty small house you have!) Another example: He is a very nasty little man! (A generally unpleasant person.)

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    Re: Little/Small

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Have you had a chance to check out Michael Swan's PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE? He points out that sometimes you must use "little" in expressions of emotion. For example: Wow! What a pretty little house you have! (No one would ever exclaim: What a pretty small house you have!) Another example: He is a very nasty little man! (A generally unpleasant person.)
    In the first example, you'd avoid it because "pretty small" generally means "rather small" rather than "pretty and small".
    I'm not convinced about the emotional reason.
    How about:
    Wow! What an alarmingly small mind (IQ, penis, house ...) you have!

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