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    #1

    some but...

    -Do you have any money.

    1-I have some, but very little.
    2-I have some, but little.

    3-I have a little, but very little.
    4-I have a littie, but little.

    Which of the sentences 1-4 are acceptable in this context?

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    #2

    Re: some but...

    How do you think sentence #4 would work?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: some but...

    Thanks a lot Emsr2d2,

    I don't like #4 and think it is not idiomatic, but it seems to me that at the end of the day it is basically saying the same thing as #3.

    Do you have a little money on you? I want to buy a sandwich.
    4a-I have a little, but little. So get the cheapest one.

    Do have a little money on you? I want to buy a sandwich.
    4b-I have a little, but little. I don't think you could buy a sandwich with it.

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    #4

    Re: some but...

    #3 is not very likely, #2 is unlikely; #4 is extremely unlikely. We'd use 'not much' rather than 'little.'

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