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Usage of Little, A Little and The Little

1)Use of Little

‘Little’ is used in the sense of ‘not much’ or ‘hardly any’ or ‘not enough’ before singular uncountable noun to express quantity. It has a negative meaning.

Example

He has little money.

Meaning: He has not much/ negligible amount of money.

2)Use of Little

‘A Little’ is used in the sense of ‘a small amount’ before singular uncountable noun to express quantity. It has a positive meaning.

Example

He has a little money.

Meaning: He has a small amount of money.

3)Use of Little

‘The Little’ is used in the sense of ‘not much, but all there is’/ ‘the amount is small but all’/ ‘the small amount or quantity, but all’ before singular uncountable noun to express quantity. It has both positive and negative meaning.

Example

I spent the little money I had.

Meaning: I spent all the money I had. (Positive)

                  The money I had was not much. (Negative)

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