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    Question the different between a little and little ........

    dear sir ,

    how are you feeling ? ...... i want to know the difference between a little and little and few and a few .....

    why we use (a) with it ?


    thank you so much for your helping


    best regards

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    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    I have a little money = no much, but enough
    I have little money = not enough
    When we don't use the article with little/few, it has a negative suggestion- that the quantity/number is not sufficient.

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    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    thank you so much tdol

    regards

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    #4

    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    You're welcome, K of H.

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    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I have a little money = no much, but enough
    I have little money = not enough
    When we don't use the article with little/few, it has a negative suggestion- that the quantity/number is not sufficient.
    Hi tdol,
    can the absence of "a" also indicate "none"?
    I am assuming that the following sentence
    is grammatically correct.

    In the following sentence:
    "Few people came to the meeting although
    it was announced in advance."

    does it mean that no one came?
    Or is this a grammatically incorrect sentence?

    In the following sentence:
    "Although we were expecting a big crowd,
    only a few people came to the show."
    means not enough (compared to our expectation)
    came to the show?

    Thanks

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    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    "Few people came to the meeting although it was announced in advance."

    This correct- it doesn't mean that no one came, but that the number wasn't high enough.

    In your second example, 'only' carries the same idea.

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    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    "Few people came to the meeting although it was announced in advance."

    This correct- it doesn't mean that no one came, but that the number wasn't high enough.

    In your second example, 'only' carries the same idea.
    Sorry, I am a bit confused. Can I use "only" with "few"?
    It does not 'sound' right to my ears though.

    "Only few people came to the meeting although it was announced in
    advance."

    I am sure I am missing something (but dont know what) because
    after reading your response, I have the impression that they
    both mean the same thing (few, and a few - at least the way I have
    used them in my examples).

    Thanks

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    #8

    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    Englishstudent, I believe your original 2nd example houses "a".


    Try these,

    EX: Charlie owns (only) a few books on Latin American literature.
    => he has some books — not a lot of books, but probably enough for our purposes.

    EX: Charlie owns few books on Latin American literature.
    => he doesn't have enough for our purposes and we'd better go to the library.

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    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Englishstudent, I believe your original 2nd example houses "a".
    Try these,
    EX: Charlie owns (only) a few books on Latin American literature.
    => he has some books not a lot of books, but probably enough for our purposes.
    EX: Charlie owns few books on Latin American literature.
    => he doesn't have enough for our purposes and we'd better go to the library.
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    Yes, I understand. I meant to ask if it is valid
    to use "only few" and if yes, what would it mean?
    "Charlie owns only few books on Latin American Lit."
    It does not sound right, but don't know why.
    Thanks

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    Re: the different between a little and little ........

    Don't use it. 'Only' is unnecessary.

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