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    use of "little"

    Hello,

    Is it correct to say: "I am having little trouble passing my driving test" ?
    Does it make sense ?

    Could you say "I am having a little trouble" too ?

    Thanks
    Last edited by hela; 02-Dec-2012 at 12:00.

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    Re: use of "little"

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Hello,

    Is it correct to say: "I am having little trouble passing my driving test" ?
    Does it make sense ?

    Could you say "I am having a little trouble" too ?

    Thanks
    They have different meanings.

    I am having a little trouble = I am having some trouble; I am finding it a bit difficult
    I am having little trouble = I am having almost no trouble; I am finding it quite easy

    Remember that we do not put a space before a question mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: use of "little"

    I am having a little trouble passing my driving test = I am having some trouble; I am finding it a bit difficult
    I am having little trouble passing my driving test = I am having almost no trouble; I am finding it quite easy
    The first implies that the speaker may have failed a couple of times. The second is unlikely in a present tense, though 'I had little trouble passing my driving test' is possible.

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    Re: use of "little"

    Thanks to both of you.
    Have a nice day.

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    #5

    Re: use of "little"

    I have read my book, it says "a little and a few" give positive idea, but "little and few" give negative idea. According to these examples:
    I am having a little trouble = I am having some trouble; I am finding it a bit difficult (negative idea)
    I am having little trouble = I am having almost no trouble; I am finding it quite easy (positive idea)

    I get confused.
    Could you please give me explanations?

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    #6

    Re: use of "little"

    Quote Originally Posted by jebonfikri View Post
    I have read my book, it says "a little and a few" give positive idea, but "little and few" give negative idea. According to these examples:
    I am having a little trouble = I am having some trouble; I am finding it a bit difficult (negative idea)
    I am having little trouble = I am having almost no trouble; I am finding it quite easy (positive idea)

    I get confused.
    Could you please give me explanations?
    What you have posted is right. "A little/a few" = some, but a small number, or a small amount. It isn't necessarily positive or negative.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 02-Dec-2012 at 20:16.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: use of "little"

    I have a lot of money = positive
    I have some money = neutral
    I have a little money = neutral
    I have little money = negative

    That's how I would label them, if I were into labelling.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: use of "little"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have a lot of money = positive
    I have some money = neutral
    I have a little money = neutral
    I have little money = negative

    That's how I would label them, if I were into labelling.
    I'm not into labelling, so I won't bother with it for these:

    I have a lot of difficulty/debts.
    I have some difficulty/debts.
    I have a little difficulty / a few debts.
    I have little difficulty / few debts.


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    Re: use of "little"

    Thus proving, as if we needed to do so, that CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING!!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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