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    Hi,

    Could you tell me if the use of little is correct in these sentences:

    My salary is little. My pension is little.

    Thank you very much,
    heyt

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    Re: little

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Hi,

    Could you tell me if the use of little is correct in these sentences:

    My salary is little. My pension is little.

    Thank you very much,
    heyt
    I think it's ok!

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    #3

    Re: little

    I would say small in this context.

    Rover

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    Re: little

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would say small in this context.

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    As would I. "Little" doesn't sound natural to all.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: little

    I would say "My salary is very low". We generally refer to salaries as low or high.

    With pensions, I'm not so sure. Perhaps "meagre"?

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    #6

    Re: little

    Actually, I would say "low" too. Boy, I'm so agreeable today.

    I guess I was thinking "retirement fun" as a lump sum of money, not a pension, which I think you're paid a bit at a time. (No one I know has a pension.)
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    #7

    Re: little

    Or "pitiful" if it's really low and you're feeling sorry for yourself!

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