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    Too little too...

    What do you mean by "too little too sth"?


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    Re: Too little too...

    Give us an example in a full sentence.

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    Re: Too little too...

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    What do you mean by "too little too sth"?
    The most common collocation for 'too little' is 'too late'; when someone does something too little too late they do just that.

    Even if the USA had signed, the Kyoto agreement did too little too late to stop the melting of the polar ice-caps.

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    Re: Too little too...

    My teacher explained it "very late", isn't it right?

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    Re: Too little too...

    Not just very late; too late.


    He was very late for the train; but luckily it was delayed, so he arrived at the platform just in time.

    (You can be very late for something and still get it.) But:


    He was only seconds late for the train
    [not very]. But it left right on time, so he was too late,

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    Re: Too little too...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Not just very late; too late.


    He was very late for the train; but luckily it was delayed, so he arrived at the platform just in time.

    (You can be very late for something and still get it.) But:


    He was only seconds late for the train
    [not very]. But it left right on time, so he was too late,

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    Bob,

    I've got a question on the proper usage of 'in time' and 'on time'.

    Inferring from your comment, if you get to the station by 9:55, we say you arrive in time, but you arrive on time when getting there by 10 for the train which leaves at 10.

    Am I right?
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    Re: Too little too...

    And if you arrive at 9.50 you arrive 'in good time', and if you arrive at 9.45 you arrive 'in plenty of time'. To emphasize that you arrived at exactly the right time, you could say 'bang/right on time; I don't think you'd use 'on time' (without 'bang' or 'right') for your arrival, though it'd be quite natural to say 'the train left on time'.

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    PS
    Also, if you arrive at 9.54:59 you arrive 'just in time' or 'in the nick of time'. The key to the meaning of on time is that there has to be a schedule.
    Last edited by BobK; 02-Mar-2007 at 10:56. Reason: PS added

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    Re: Too little too...

    No, my teacher explain all the phrase "too little too late" as "too late, very late", isn't it good?

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    Re: Too little too...

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The most common collocation for 'too little' is 'too late'; when someone does something too little too late they do just that.

    Even if the USA had signed, the Kyoto agreement did too little too late to stop the melting of the polar ice-caps.

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    How do it means by "do just that"? Do the only thing?

    example:
    Even if the USA had signed, the Kyoto agreement just only stop the melting of the polar ice-caps.


    It makes no sense!

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    Re: Too little too...

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    How do it means by "do just that"? Do the only thing?
    'just do that' - do something that is not enough ('too little'), and too late. This is not an idiom with a specially obscure meaning. It is a joining of two simple ideas, both of which I've tried to explain.

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    example:
    Even if the USA had signed, the Kyoto agreement just only stop the melting of the polar ice-caps.


    It makes no sense!

    No, none at all. Because this is wrong:
    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    No, my teacher explain all the phrase "too little too late" as "too late, very late", isn't it good?
    Forget that, and go back and read my posts without struggling to make them agree with what your teacher said; they don't.

    If another teacher would like to attack this from another angle, please do. I give up, and have a very busy weekend.

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