The -ly makes it an adverb. As an adverb it modifies the adjective "little".
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I have underlined in red below sentences, please explain to me why write this word adding "ly" in the end?
Other efforts to support the financial markets have largely flopped -- a much-hyped pilot program to connect the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges has attracted relatively little investor interest.
Can I put here?
Other efforts to support the financial markets have largely flopped -- a much-hyped pilot program to connect the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges has relatively attracted little investor interest.
I think this adverb describes the attracted as same time to describe little.
Both are work for me.
You have no reason for this issue.
I can't learn from you and English.
I still confused.
What it has attracted is little interest. How much? relatively little interest It is modifying the degree of interest, not the attraction. If I kick a fairly big ball, you cannot say that I have fairly kicked the ball- fairly is modifying the size, not the kick. It is the same here.
Tdol, what about this example?
We had relatively few applications for the job.