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Session 77

Welcome to English In A Minute. Give us a minute and we'll give you a hot tip about English. Grammar, vocabulary... there's so much to learn! And all taught by your favourite BBC Learning English staff!

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Activity 1

Little vs A little

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? What's the difference between 'little' and 'a little'? Let Phil explain. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Phil
Hi, I'm Phil and I'm going to tell you the difference between little and a little.

Yes, they almost mean the same thing. No, we don't use them in the same way. They both refer to small quantities and we use them with uncountable nouns.

If we use 'little' with no article, then it's usually negative – the small quantity is a problem.
There's little money left – we can't buy anything. Or: There's little time left – we need to start now.

But if we use 'a little' with the article, it's usually positive. It almost means 'at least we've got some'. We've got a little money – let's spend it on a party! We've got a little time – let's have some tea.

Remember it like this: If you've got a little money but little time, you could pay someone to help you. But if you've got little money and a little time, you should do it yourself!

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