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    A little too...?

    What does it express with the phrase " a little too..."?

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    Re: A little too...?

    It means that something is bordering on excessive, but it can often be adjusted or fixed. For example:

    "Taste this salad dressing I made and tell me what you think."
    "Mmmm, it's good, but it has a little too much garlic."

    "That radio is a little too loud, can you please turn it down?"

    "Let's have dinner at Le Cigar Volante tonight."
    "That's a little too pricey for my budget, would you mind if we went somewhere else?"

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    Re: A little too...?

    Why don't we say "too loud" but we say " a little too loud"?

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    Re: A little too...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    Why don't we say "too loud" but we say " a little too loud"?
    "Too loud" indicates that the sound is much too noisy and it bothers you.
    "A little too loud" means that if the volume is turned down just a small bit, you'll be comfortable with it.

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    Re: A little too...?

    And what do we mean by " a little too late"?


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    Re: A little too...?

    Hi,
    A little too late could be ironical for too late. It could be similar to
    - I've been running fast and I'm only one minute late for the train. - As if it were important whether you are one or five minutes late.

    As to a little too loud and the like the speaker may wish to mitigate his/her message of disapproval or irritation, to be polite.
    Last edited by Humble; 28-Feb-2007 at 22:33. Reason: an error

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    Re: A little too...?

    Sorry, the phrase is "too little too late"

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    Re: A little too...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    Sorry, the phrase is "too little too late"
    This is already answered: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ittle-too.html

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