INTERMEDIATE - GRAMMAR
/ A LITTLE
use little to mean 'not much.'
We usually use a little to mean 'a small amount' or 'some.'
a little girl. (=a young girl / a small girl)
==>It is a little dog. (= a small dog)
We often use 'a little'
with 'only.' When we use 'only' with 'a little' the meaning usually becomes
==>I've only got a little time before I have to go to work. (= I've
only got a few minutes/not much time)
We often use 'a little' with
==>I've got a little bit of money. (= a few dollars/some money)
==>I've got a little bit of time. (= a few minutes/hours/days / some
She has little time. (= not much time)
She has little money. (= not much money)
She has little regard for the laws of this country. (= not much regard/she
doesn't care about the laws)
She has little idea of how to talk to a group of people. (= not much idea
how to talk to a group)
LITTLE AND A LITTLE
They are quite
similar, but usually
little is more negative
a little is more positive.