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    "a little of" and "a little"

    Hi,

    could you tell me any differences in meaning of the following two sentences:
    1. I could just eat a little of chiken
    2. I could just eat a little chiken

    I am muddled by "a little of" and "a little".

    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: "a little of" and "a little"

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Hi,

    could you tell me any differences in meaning of the following two sentences:
    1. I could just eat a little of chicken but if you had "the" in front of chicken, the sentence is then correct.
    2. I could just eat a little chicken

    I am muddled by "a little of" and "a little".

    Thanks in advance!
    I can eat a little of the pineapple
    I can eat a little pineapple
    I can eat some pineapple.

    They all in fact mean the same, but are expressed differently. If you use "a little of" in this kind of sentence, you need the definite article.


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    Re: "a little of" and "a little"

    1. I could just eat a little of the chicken
    There is probably a choice of food; and it sounds like the person is not very hungry, so he limits himself to a small portion of just the chicken.

    2. I could just eat a little chicken
    Sounds like the person may have been ill and off his food, but thinks he could manage to eat (and keep down) a small portion of chicken.
    Not to be confused with:
    I could just eat some chicken!
    Meaning, somebody has bought or cooked some chicken, and the person speaking is saying, Oh, that's just what I fancy - some chicken!

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