Student or Learner
The tea-pot was nearly empty . There was........ tea left
A. A little
The answer here is B but somehow I think A can still be used. Can anyone tell me why I can't use it please?
'A little' is more positive than 'little', and so is unlikely after the negative 'nearly empty'; if we used 'a little' we would probably put a word such as 'only' in front of it. Even then, 'a little' suggests that there is more tea than a nearly empty pot would contain.