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    small vs little

    Do we say
    I made a small contribution OR I made a little contribution.
    ?

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    Thumbs up Re: small vs little

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    Do we say
    I made a small contribution OR I made a little contribution.
    ?
    Small and little are both adjectives. We use small to talk about the size of something.
    Your cat is very small.
    Can I have two small pizzas please?
    We can use little to refer to size, but we usually use it with another adjective to express an emotion.
    You're a silly little boy.
    Nobody's looking after that poor little dog.
    In comparative and superlative form, small is more common in British English, and little is more common in American English.
    That's the smallest phone I've ever seen. (British English)
    That's the littlest phone I've ever seen. (American English)
    SO, your first sentence is correct.
    All contributions, no matter how small, will be much appreciated.
    Hope this helps!
    Regards!
    Dawood

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