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    a little vs little

    Which of the following answers to the given question is grammaticaly wrong?

    Is there much crime?

    A) Yes, there is a little.
    B) Yes, there is little.
    C) No, there is little.
    D) No, there is a little.

    I personaly think the answers B and D are wrong.
    Thanks.

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    Re: a little vs little

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Which of the following answers to the given question is grammaticaly wrong?

    Is there much crime?

    A) Yes, there is a little.
    B) Yes, there is little.
    C) No, there is little.
    D) No, there is a little.

    I personaly think the answers B and D are wrong.
    Thanks.
    ===Not a teacher===

    a little = some
    little = hardly any

    Uncountable nouns can only be used in singular. These nouns cannot be used with a number (that's why they are called 'uncountable nouns'). Uncountable nouns take a little.
    Example:3 moneya little moneya little = some
    little = hardly any
    Example:I need a little money. - I need some money.I need little money. - I need hardly any money.


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    Re: a little vs little

    Hi 2010!
    I think I understand the point. But, could you give us some more examples of the use of little? Only 2 or 3 sentences more to be sure
    Which would be the difference between a little and a bit? Is there any? Also you can say "a little bit", can't you?
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: a little vs little

    Quote Originally Posted by MraNir View Post
    Hi 2010!
    I think I understand the point. But, could you give us some more examples of the use of little? Only 2 or 3 sentences more to be sure
    Which would be the difference between a little and a bit? Is there any? Also you can say "a little bit", can't you?
    Thanks in advance!
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    Tell me if this clarifies your doubts:

    •I was no longer a sweet obedient little boy.
    •However, there is little evidence for this version of events.
    •He appeared to know very little about Mr Gordon, and had taken up no references.
    •No, you can do as little as you want.
    •They wanted the bridge to look a little bit like the old bridge.
    •There's a little girl sitting in the middle of the road.
    •Jehoiada then passes away, after the king had called him to task; for such was his zeal for a little while.

    After you are sure about the use of little and a little, please take an assesment to gauge your understanding from the below given link:

    A few, Few, A little, Little Exercise at Auto-English

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

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    Re: a little vs little

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Which of the following answers to the given question is grammaticaly wrong?

    Is there much crime?

    A) Yes, there is a little.
    B) Yes, there is little.
    C) No, there is little.
    D) No, there is a little.

    I personaly think the answers B and D are wrong.
    Thanks.
    D is OK:

    'Did you have the last of tea?'
    'No, there is a little [left].'


    This would work with m*any uncountable nouns.

    b

    *PS Sorry, I didn't see the context.
    Last edited by BobK; 19-Jul-2010 at 11:35. Reason: Added PS

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    #6

    Re: a little vs little

    I dont think that ''D'' is correct based on the question.


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    Re: a little vs little

    Nathan, much more clear now.
    It's very useful to have samples to make your own conclusions and comparisions with your language
    So good your link to exercises for thinking myself also.
    Many thanks!!


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    Re: a little vs little

    Sorry, 2010, thanks a lot! I copy last name by confuse
    Thank you so much!

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    Re: a little vs little

    Let me give you examples about "few vs a few" and "little vs a little".

    I have few friends: Here, you are complaining about it, you'd like to have more, and
    I have a few friends: here, you are ok about it, you totally accept it.

    The same thing happens with:

    I have little money: Again, you're making a complaint. Maybe you are poor, I don't know, and
    I have a little money: here, you could actually say that you're happy about it. Maybe extra-money I don't know.

    I hope this have been helpful...

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