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  1. Member
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    a little vs little

    The tea-pot was nearly empty . There was........ tea left

    A. A little
    B. 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?

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    Re: a little vs little

    '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.


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