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    a little greed

    Besides, things were already moving forward by then, and there was a little greed at work on my part, too.
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    Isn't 'greed' uncountable?

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    Re: a little greed

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Besides, things were already moving forward by then, and there was a little greed at work on my part, too.
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    Isn't 'greed' uncountable?

    Thanks.
    Yes, it is but that doesn't affect the correctness of the sentence.

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    Re: a little greed

    [QUOTE=suprunp;836764]


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) May I add a few words to the moderator's excellent answer.

    (2) I checked my books and discovered the following:

    (a) The phrase "a little" is a so-called "quantifier."

    (i) It is used with so-called "mass" (uncountable) nouns.
    (ii) It means "some."

    (3) Presumably, Boku was writing that "there was some greed on my part, too."

    (4) I found this sentence in The Grammar Book (by Mesdames Celce-Murcia and

    Larsen-Freeman). It shows you the difference between "a little" and "little":

    He then took a little (= some) butter, with the result that little (= not much) was left for the rest of us.

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